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Source Height Determination for Several Sources at the Same Height

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Equivalent acoustic source height is an important parameter for accurate predictions of the acoustic impact of transportation infrastructures. Research has shown that this parameter can be obtained from a two-microphone technique in the case of one broadband omnidirectional point source above an homogeneous ground, modeled as a Delany-Bazley absorber. It is shown in this paper that this method can be generalized to n broadband sources with same height, above an homogeneous ground or a ground with an impedance discontinuity. All sources are considered to have the same emission spectrum. The method is based on the comparison of the level difference spectrum between two microphones - hereinafter called attenuation spectrum - measured and computed. Numerical and experimental validations confirm the reliability of the method for controlled noise sources. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that qualitative assessment of ground parameters is sufficient to obtain an accurate source height determination.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 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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