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Traffic noise spectrum analysis: dynamic modeling vs. experimental observations

Abstract : This paper compares two traffic representations for the assessment of urban noise frequency spectrum: (i) a static one, based on mean vehicle speeds and flow rates, (ii) a dynamic one, which considers vehicle interactions along the network. The two representations are compared on their suitability to match real on-field noise levels, recorded on a three lane quite busy street. Representation (i) fails in reproducing spectra envelopes that correspond to this site. In particular, it underestimates low frequencies, what can conceal the real impact of traffic flow on urban sound quality. Representation (ii) greatly improves estimation. It guarantees accurate environmental noise assessment, since it reproduces all traffic situations that are encountered in the site. Moreover, its 1s-based structure allows for the evaluation of spectra variations, with a good accuracy. Keywords: Traffic representations; Noise spectrum; Urban traffic noise; Dynamic noise assessment.
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A. Can, L. Leclercq, J. Lelong, D. Bottledoren. Traffic noise spectrum analysis: dynamic modeling vs. experimental observations. Applied Acoustics, Elsevier, 2010, vol71, n8, p764-70. ⟨hal-00506615⟩



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