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The New German Prediction Model for Railway Noise “Schall 03 2006”: An Alternative Method for the Harmonised Calculation Method Proposed in the EU Directive on Environmental Noise

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The German prediction method for noise from railway and tram lines, shunting and container yards to be built or modified was revised during the last 5 years. As the result, the draft issue of a new “Schall 03 2006” has been prepared. The model is based on octave-band sound power levels describing the emission in different heights of different vehicles, noise sources and parts of noise sources, e.g., roughness of wheels and rails, pantograph noise, and propulsion noise. The description of sound propagation follows the methods of ISO 9613-2. A procedure is included for introducing new and different vehicle or track types. With respect to the harmonised railway computation method to be used for the European Directive on Environmental Noise, recommendations are given for comparison with “Schall 03 2006” and, consequently, for improvements of the harmonised calculation method currently under development.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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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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