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From Advanced Acoustic Research to Novel Silencing Procedures and Innovative Sound Treatments

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Many an acoustician complains about the growing sound pollution of our environment. Very few of them, however, involve themselves into the "dirty business" of developing practicable and marketable noise control and acoustic comfort tools and materials. A Fraunhofer team in Stuttgart has taken pains to solve acute technical problems in current room acoustics and sound attenuation tasks. On their search for novel silencing procedures and innovative acoustic treatments they learnt from a pioneer of the acoustic art, A.G. Bell, that "only those who deviate from accustomed routes find new paths". A case history concludes this first of two companion papers which proves that it is possible to initiate a completely new noise abatement concept successfully in close cooperation with an agile medium-size enterprise, for the benefit of all.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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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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