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Improved Room Acoustics Quality in Meeting Rooms: Investigation on the Optimal Configurations of Sound-Absorptive and Sound-Diffusive Panels

Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Acoustics 2020, 2(3), 451-473; https://doi.org/10.3390/acoustics2030025
Received: 28 May 2020 / Revised: 21 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 27 June 2020
This work deals with the improvement of the room acoustic quality of two medium sized meeting rooms through the investigation of the optimal placement of absorption and diffusive panels on the walls and ceiling. Acoustic measurements have been carried out in the existing untreated rooms with ODEON 13 room acoustics measurement and prediction software, and the Adobe Audition plugins Aurora. Simulations of different combinations of sound absorption and diffusion treatments have been carried out with the updated version of the software, ODEON 15. The panels were positioned in the meeting rooms following the guidelines of the DIN 18041 standard and the scientific literature. The results advise the application of absorptive materials on the ceiling or around the borders, creating a reflective middle area, and on the upper part of one the lateral walls, including the rear wall. Configurations with diffusers do not generally bring significant improvements. The Speech Transmission Index (STI) is a less sensitive parameter for the different acoustic scenarios, compared to Reverberation Time (T) and Clarity (C50). The research also outlined a design workflow, useful to successfully design meeting rooms and rooms for speech in general, which allows to determine the optimal number and location of acoustic panels and to minimize the costs. View Full-Text
Keywords: room acoustics; acoustic quality; absorption placement; diffusers placement; sound absorption; speech intelligibility; meeting rooms; acoustic treatment; acoustic materials room acoustics; acoustic quality; absorption placement; diffusers placement; sound absorption; speech intelligibility; meeting rooms; acoustic treatment; acoustic materials
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Labia, L.; Shtrepi, L.; Astolfi, A. Improved Room Acoustics Quality in Meeting Rooms: Investigation on the Optimal Configurations of Sound-Absorptive and Sound-Diffusive Panels. Acoustics 2020, 2, 451-473.

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