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Measurement of Sound Field for Floor Impact Sounds Generated by Heavy/Soft Impact Sources

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Field measurements of floor impact sounds at low frequencies give poor repeatability due to spatial sampling problems. In this study, the spatial distribution of heavy-weight impact sound pressure levels was investigated by field measurements using heavy/soft impact sources, which have been specified as a standard heavy-weight impact source in 140-11. The results of the present study showed that the vertical and horizontal distribution of measured sound pressure levels showed a significant room mode effect at low frequencies. Among the existing standards for measurement of a heavy-weight impact sound, KS F 2810-2 and JIS A 1440-2 provide an appropriate estimation of the room average sound pressure level for bare slab and floating floor, with respect to a low bias error and 95% confidence interval. The guideline for measurement of a heavy-weight impact source was recently proposed in order to complement the limitations of KS F 2810-2 and JIS A 1440-2, and it has been shown that the guideline appropriately performed in the test building and in living rooms of tested apartment buildings.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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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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