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Sound Pressure Attenuation Provided By A 3D Rigid Acoustic Barrier On A Building Façade: The Influence Of Its Longitudinal Shape

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE120221

Volume

53

Pages

12

Page Range

247 - 258

Published

2012

Size

857 kb

Author(s)

A. Tadeu, J. António & I. Castro

Abstract

This paper models the propagation of sound in the vicinity of 3D acoustic barriers placed parallel to a building façade to mitigate the noise generated by point pressure sources. The barriers are assumed to be very thin rigid elements. The problem is solved by developing and implementing a 3D boundary element method formulation based on the normal derivative integral equation (TBEM). The TBEM is formulated in the frequency domain and the resulting hypersingular terms are computed analytically. After verifying the model against 2.5D BEM solutions, several numerical applications are described to illustrate the practical usefulness of the proposed approaches. Different longitudinal barrier geometries are simulated to evaluate the influence of this characteristic on the sound pressure level attenuation attained at the building façade. Keywords: acoustic wave propagation, 3D thin barriers, normal derivative integral equation, analytical integration of hypersingular integrals. 1 Introduction Different numerical methods have been developed to solve acoustic problems in either the time domain or the frequency domain. The works by Marburg and Nolte [1], Cheng and Cheng [2] and Pluymers et al. [3] and the reference book by Jensen et al. [4] give a good general overview of the developments in this field.

Keywords

acoustic wave propagation, 3D thin barriers, normal derivative integral equation, analytical integration of hypersingular integrals.