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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(1), 100; doi:10.3390/app8010100

Calculation of Noise Barrier Insertion Loss Based on Varied Vehicle Frequencies

School of Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Intelligent Transportation System, Guangzhou 510275, China
Dongguan Geographic Information and Urban Planning Research Center, Dongguan 523129, China
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Received: 14 December 2017 / Revised: 2 January 2018 / Accepted: 5 January 2018 / Published: 11 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modelling, Simulation and Data Analysis in Acoustical Problems)
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A single frequency of 500 Hz is used as the equivalent frequency for traffic noise to calculate the approximate diffraction in current road barrier designs. However, the noise frequency changes according to the different types of vehicles moving at various speeds. The primary objective of this study is the development of a method of calculating the insertion loss based on frequencies. First, the noise emissions of a large number of vehicles classified by speed and type were measured to obtain data the noise spectrum. The corresponding relation between vehicle type, speed, and noise frequency was obtained. Next, the impact of different frequencies on the insertion loss was analyzed and was verified to be reasonable in experiments with different propagation distances compared to the analysis of a pure 500 Hz sound. In addition, calculations were applied in a case with different traffic flows, and the effect of a road noise barrier with different types of constituents and flow speeds were analyzed. The results show that sound pressure levels behind a barrier of a heavy vehicle flow or with a high speed are notably elevated. View Full-Text
Keywords: noise barrier; insertion loss; vehicle frequencies; diffraction; flow speed noise barrier; insertion loss; vehicle frequencies; diffraction; flow speed

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Wang, H.; Luo, P.; Cai, M. Calculation of Noise Barrier Insertion Loss Based on Varied Vehicle Frequencies. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 100.

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