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Analysis of Acoustic Models and Statistical Energy Analysis with Direct Field for Machinery Room on Offshore Platform

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In this paper, an approach to model the acoustic environment of different types of machinery room in an off shore platform is presented. In a machinery room where airborne noise predominates structure-borne noise, five acoustic models to compute the sound pressure level namely: Thompson, Kuttruff, SNAME method, Heerema and Hodgson and Sergeyev are compared with statistical energy analysis (SEA) with direct field (SEA-DF) and measurement results. Unlike the simple acoustic models, the SEA-DF model includes structure-borne transmission. The results show that the noise prediction using SEA-DF model with absorption coefficients estimated from T 60 measurement exhibits a smaller error of 1.4 dBA (in an engine room) and 0.7 dBA (in a pump room) on the spatial averaging noise level as compared to the simple acoustic models. The Heerema and Hodgson and Kuttruff acoustic model have a closer result to the SEA-DF. The sensitivity of SEA-DF approach when subjected to variation in absorption coefficient (not exceeding 0.2) at 1000 Hz has shown a 15 dBA impact on sound pressure level as compared to higher absorption coefficient at about 4 dB difference. The result shows the impact of noise attenuation at different absorption coefficient and the importance of having information on the mean absorption coefficient for machinery room design on off shore platform. This enable acoustics professionals to implement better hearing protection programs for off shore crews working on the off shore platform.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2015

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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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