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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(7), 805; doi:10.3390/ijerph14070805

Comparison of Annoyance from Railway Noise and Railway Vibration

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Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, 70281 Örebro, Sweden
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Health Metrics Unit, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Received: 6 April 2017 / Revised: 6 July 2017 / Accepted: 13 July 2017 / Published: 19 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Combined Health Effects of Environmental Exposures)
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The aim of this study is to compare vibration exposure to noise exposure from railway traffic in terms of equal annoyance, i.e., to determine when a certain noise level is equally annoying as a corresponding vibration velocity. Based on questionnaire data from the Train Vibration and Noise Effects (TVANE) research project from residential areas exposed to railway noise and vibration, the dose response relationship for annoyance was estimated. By comparing the relationships between exposure and annoyance for areas both with and without significant vibration exposure, the noise levels and vibration velocities that had an equal probability of causing annoyance was determined using logistic regression. The comparison gives a continuous mapping between vibration velocity in the ground and a corresponding noise level at the facade that are equally annoying. For equivalent noise level at the facade compared to maximum weighted vibration velocity in the ground the probability of annoyance is approximately 20% for 59 dB or 0.48 mm/s, and about 40% for 63 dB or 0.98 mm/s. View Full-Text
Keywords: railway noise; railway vibration; annoyance railway noise; railway vibration; annoyance
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Ögren, M.; Gidlöf-Gunnarsson, A.; Smith, M.; Gustavsson, S.; Persson Waye, K. Comparison of Annoyance from Railway Noise and Railway Vibration. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 805.

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