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Small-scale transmission loss facility for flat lightweight panels

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The design, construction and qualification of a small-scale sound transmission loss (STL) facility are described. STL measurements were made using the sound intensity technique based on ASTM E 2249-02. The volume of the irregular-shaped reverberant source chamber was 15 m3, and the volume of the regular-shaped anechoic receiver chamber was 20 m3. The facility was tested between 31 Hz and 10 kHz. Good spatial diffusion, and good repeatability for same and repeat installations were demonstrated in the above frequency range. The results from the small-scale facility were compared to tests conducted at a full-scale facility. The STL values of flat, lightweight sandwich panels measured at the small-scale chamber were greater than those measured in the full-scale facility. However, the results from the small-scale facility showed trends that were consistent with the sandwich panel theory above 1 kHz. The results demonstrated that the small-scale STL facility could be successfully used for qualitative comparisons of lightweight, sandwich panels above l kHz.
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Keywords: 72.5; 73.5

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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