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Estimating the Effect of Semi-Transparent Low-Height Road Traffic Noise Barriers with Ultra Weak Variational Formulation

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The ultra weak variational formulation (UWVF) approach is used to study the effect of semi-transparent road traffic noise barriers of limited height. This numerical method is extended to simulate sound propagation through a porous medium, based on the Zwicker and Kosten phenomenological porous rigid-frame model. An efficient approach to calculate noise levels in multi-lane road traffic noise situations is presented. The UWVF method was validated successfully by comparison with finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) calculations, for the case of sound propagation near a porous, low-height, and complex shaped noise barrier, and for sound propagation above porous ground in a refracting atmosphere. An assessment is made of the shielding of various porous lowheight noise barriers for people on the pavement along the road. Porous barriers were shown to improve noise shielding when compared to geometrically identical rigid noise barriers.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-05-01

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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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