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Experimental Investigation of Noise Annoyance Caused by High-speed Trains

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A field experiment was conducted, to investigate the possible differences in perceived annoyance of noise caused by the traffic on a highway, by conventional trains and by high-speed trains, both conventional and magnetic levitation. The design of the experiment was different from earlier research in many ways. Most importantly, it was conducted in a realistic setting, a holiday cottage, and during the tests the participants were engaged in light daily activities. Traffic noise was reproduced in an ecologically valid way through loudspeakers placed outdoors. A stepwise selection of panelists was based on a screening questionnaire that was administered at the doorstep of 1500 persons living in the test site surroundings. The 100 panelists were selected to be representative of the Dutch population. The L Aeq-annoyance relationships determined for the conventional high-speed train and for the magnetic levitation high-speed train did not differ significantly. The annoyance differences observed could be explained in terms of train noise differences in rise time and in propagation effects due to the distance between the track and the listening (recording) position.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2007

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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