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A Laboratory Study on Total Noise Annoyance Due To Combined Industrial Noises

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In this study, broadband noises are combined on the one hand with low-frequency content noises and on the other hand with 100 Hz-main-component noises. The total noise annoyance due to the 2 types of combinations is assessed through two laboratory experiments. Six classical models of total annoyance due to combined noises are tested and discussed. The strongest component model appears to be a weak total annoyance predictor for the studied combined noises. One reason may be that it fails to take into account the asymmetries between the annoyance-inhibiting properties between the combined noises. Overall classical models of total annoyance, the weighted-summation model yields the best prediction. By integrating the features of two classical models into a new mixed model, total annoyance prediction is more improved.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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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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