Modern noise research and assessment techniques are commonly used in the workplace and our personal living environment. Occupational Noise and Workplace Acoustics presents new, innovative, advanced research and evaluation methods of parameters characterizing acoustic field and noise in the working environment, as well as acoustic properties of rooms and noise reduction measures. This includes acoustic field visualization methods, field imaging techniques, wireless sensor networks, and the Internet of Things (IoT); optimization methods using genetic algorithms; acoustic quality assessment methods for rooms; and methods for measuring ultrasonic noise in the frequency range of 10-40 kHz.
This book is a valuable resource for individuals and students interested in the areas of acoustic and sound engineering as it provides:
- The latest techniques and methods in the field of noise reduction and improvement of acoustic comfort,
- Innovative and advanced acoustic field visualization techniques for those with an auditory impairment,
- Explains noise reduction through proper workplace design,
- Discusses use of wireless sensor networks and the IoT for monitoring noise, and
- Provides acoustic quality assessment methods.
"The authors’ intention to expound on advanced issues in a lucid and accessible way was rewarded with success. In the book, an expert will find a number of hints helpful in solving actual problems, whereas a layperson will be able to form a view on challenges facing contemporary technology. What should also be emphasized is the book’s soundness in documenting these advanced theses and postulates with diligently conducted empirical research.
Despite a wide thematic range, the book is written consistently and under no circumstances can be considered a collection of randomly selected problems. The content corresponds fully to the title. The authors are consistent in acquainting the reader with topical scientific issues concerning assessment of acoustic hazards and the methodology of combating them."
—Professor Zbigniew Dąbrowski, BEng, PhD, DSc, Warsaw University of Technology
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Basic Concepts and Quantities Characterizing Sound
Chapter 2 Sound Field Visualization in Noise Hazard Control
Chapter 3 The Surround Sound in Aural Perception Tests
Chapter 4 Wireless Sensor Networks
Chapter 5 Genetic Optimization Techniques in Reduction of Noise Hazards
Chapter 6 A Multi-Index Method for Acoustic Quality Assessment of Classrooms
Chapter 7 Studies on Acoustic Properties of Open-Plan Office Rooms
Chapter 8 Ultrasonic Noise Measurements in the Work Environment
Chapter 9 Studies on Sound Insulation of Enclosures in the 10–40 kHz Frequency Range
Chapter 10 Studies on Sound Insulation Effectiveness of Phononic Crystals
Dariusz Pleban, PhD (Eng), DSc, Associate Professor at the Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute, Head of the Department of Vibroacoustic Hazards. In his research work, he primarily addresses issues related to research and assessment methods of machinery and equipment noise emissions. His publishing achievements comprise 129 written works, including peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and conference materials and compilations of monographical nature. Among others, he is a member of the Committee on Acoustics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the representative of the Polish Academy of Science at the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE).