This classic and authoritative student textbook contains information that is not over simplified and can be used to solve the real world problems encountered by noise and vibration consultants as well as the more straightforward ones handled by engineers and occupational hygienists in industry. The book covers the fundamentals of acoustics, theoretical concepts and practical application of current noise control technology. It aims to be as comprehensive as possible while still covering important concepts in sufficient detail to engender a deep understanding of the foundations upon which noise control technology is built.
Topics which are extensively developed or overhauled from the fourth edition include sound propagation outdoors, amplitude modulation, hearing protection, frequency analysis, muffling devices (including 4-pole analysis and self noise), sound transmission through partitions, finite element analysis, statistical energy analysis and transportation noise. For those who are already well versed in the art and science of noise control, the book will provide an extremely useful reference. A wide range of example problems that are linked to noise control practice are available on www.causalsystems.com for free download.
"A nice balance has been achieved between the theoretical background needed for a good understanding, and practical applications.
Furthermore, the choice of topics and the way they are treated makes this book suitable for both engineering students wanting some more material pertaining to their studies and confirmed old salt acoustical engineers wanting to upgrade their skills."
-- Marc Asselineau, Peutz & Associates
Fundamentals and basic terminology. Subjective response to noise. Frequency analysis. Instrumentation for noise measurement and analysis. Sound sources and outdoor sound propagation. Sound power, its use and measurement. Sound in enclosed spaces. Partitions, enclosures and barriers. Muffling devices. Vibration control. Sound power and sound pressure level estimation procedures. Practical numerical acoustics. Appendices: wave equation derivation, properties of materials, acoustical properties of porous materials. References. List of acoustical standards.