Sound transmission between absorbing parallel planes

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Acoustical Society of America


Partially absorbing parallel surfaces can be the dominant acoustical feature of many rooms. The sound fields in such rooms are not diffuse, which causes difficulty in predicting sound pressure levels. A method is developed for predicting sound pressure levels in these rooms. It rests on the prediction of sound pressure levels caused by a nondirectional source of known sound power radiating between absorbing parallel planes. The development proceeds from a geometrical acoustics viewpoint. Good correlation has been found between predicted and measured levels in existing rooms having simple geometries.



Sound pressure, Acoustic transmission, Acoustic waves, Sound power levels


Hurst, C. J. (1980). Sound transmission between absorbing parallel planes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 67(1), 206-213. doi: 10.1121/1.383729