Volume 108, Issue 2, August 2000
Index of content:
- NOISE: ITS EFFECTS AND CONTROL 
108(2000); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.429594View Description Hide Description
Propagation of sound in a flexible duct is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. Strong coupling of sound and flexural waves on the duct wall is found when the wall-to-air mass ratio is of the order of unity. The axial phase speed of sound approaches the in vacuo speed of flexural waves (subsonic in this case) at low frequencies. However, a speed higher than the isentropic sound speed in free space (340 m/s) is found beyond a critical frequency which is a function of the mass ratio. Experiments using a duct with a finite section of tensioned membrane are compared with the propagating modes pertaining to the infinite membrane model. Satisfactory quantitative agreement is obtained and the measured phase speed ranges from 8.3 to 1348 m/s. In the moderate frequency range, the theory predicts high spatial damping rate for the subsonic waves, which is consistent with the experimental observation that subsonic waves become increasingly undetectable as the frequency increases. Substantial sound reflection is observed at the interface between the rigid and the flexible segments of the duct without cross-section discontinuity, which, together with the high spatial damping, could form a basis for passive control of low-frequency duct noise.
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The characteristics of sound propagation and speech transmission along a tunnel with a “T” intersection were investigated. At receivers within sight of the sound source, low frequencies were mainly attenuated around the intersection than high frequencies. At receivers out of sight of the source, high frequencies were extensively attenuated. The overall pattern of sound attenuation along the different sections of tunnel, which was calculated by the conical beam method, agreed well with the measurements in this study. Numerical calculations of reflected and diffractedwaves with minimum transmission paths in a two-dimensional plane showed that reflected waves were the primary contributors to sound fields out of sight of the source. The articulation scores measured at receivers within sight of the source were high, and most of the confusion concerned syllables that could easily be misheard, even if there were a high signal-to-noise ratio. The types of syllable confusions observed at the receivers out of sight of the source appeared to have been caused by the greater deterioration in speech signals along this part of the tunnel, especially at high frequencies. The evaluation by rapid speech transmission indices (RASTI) appeared to be overestimated at the receivers out of sight of the source. Taking into account the early decay times of impulsive sound and the calculation procedures used in RASTI, it is concluded that speech intelligibility may not have been evaluated correctly by RASTI.