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Augmenting road noise engineering methods using the Boundary Element Method

Résumé : Exposure to excessive noise is correlated with higher rates of annoyance, sleep disturbance, and other negative health outcomes. Accurately calculating road noise in complex urban environments is fundamental to assessing potential noise mitigation devices and reducing overall noise exposure. However, computing sound propagation in this setting is difficult because cities have complicated geometries and large domains. For example, engineering methods such as ISO-9613-2 or NMPB 2008 efficiently estimate sound levels but cannot model complex geometries like a T-barrier. In addition, detailed approaches such as the boundary element method or the finite-difference time-domain method produce precise results for any geometry but rapidly become too expensive as the frequency and domain size increase. Using a hybrid formulation alleviates these problems. Specifically, the boundary element method yields a table of the corrections for the domain's involved structures for a range of source and receiver positions and frequencies. Interpolating this table, the engineering method adjusts the predicted sound level for each path. For complex objects, this hybrid method provides a substantial improvement at little additional cost compared to current engineering methods. This paper further explicates and evaluates this technique.
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Matthew Kamrath, Julien Maillard, Philippe Jean, Dirk van Maercke, Judicaël Picaut. Augmenting road noise engineering methods using the Boundary Element Method. INTERNOISE 2016, International Congress and Exposition of Noise Control Engineering, Aug 2016, HAMBOURG, Germany. 12p. ⟨hal-01373714⟩



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