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Volume 115, Issue 5, May 2004
- ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS 
115(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1698815View Description Hide Description
The aim of this study is to numerically evaluate a tunnelingeffect in the laboratory measurement of sound transmission loss. The tunnelingeffect arises from the depth of an aperture in the common wall between the source and receiving rooms. Variations of the sound transmission loss with the parameters of panel location, tunnel depth, and panel size are investigated. The difference in sound transmission loss is quite evident below the coincidence frequency and it greatly depends on the panel location in the tunnel. In comparison with the transmission loss of a finite plate in an infinite rigid baffle (with no tunnel) the maximum difference occurs in the laboratory measurement when the panel is placed at the center of the tunnel, while a better estimation of true transmission loss is obtained when the panel is located at either end. The results provide an added guideline for the standard laboratory test method for sound transmission loss.