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The Significance of Sound Diffraction Effects in Simulating Acoustics in Ancient Theatres

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This paper examines the effect of sound diffraction in predicting sound propagation in ancient theatres. Few simulation studies to date concerning ancient theatre acoustics have been conducted with diffraction effects. While sound diffraction effects in ancient theatres are known qualitatively, rarely have they been quantitatively documented. In this paper, the ancient theatre of Kourion in Cyprus was acoustically modelled and simulated, in a commercially available software application which also handles sound diffraction to high orders. Sound measurements were also taken at the theatre for comparison purposes. Comparison of results of the variation of sound pressure level with distance and frequency shows that the contribution of sound diffraction is significant.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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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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