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Volume 126, Issue 3, September 2009
- ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS 
Identifying acoustical coupling by measurements and prediction-models for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3192346View Description Hide Description
St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest buildings in the world, having a huge volume resulting from the addition of different parts. Consequently, sound propagation cannot be interpreted using a conventional approach and requires experimental measures to be compared with statistical-acoustics and geometrical predictions in order to explain the interplay between shape, materials, and sound waves better. In previous research one of the most evident effects, the surprisingly low reverberation time, was believed to result from acoustical coupling phenomena. Taking advantage of more refined measuring techniques available today an acoustic survey was carried out and the results were analyzed using different methods, including Bayesian parameter estimation of multiple slope decays and directional energy plots, which showed that coupling effects actually take place, even though measured reverberation times were longer than those given in previous studies. In addition, experimental results were compared with geometrical- and statistical-acoustic models of the basilica, which showed that careful selection of input data and, in statistical models, the inclusion of phenomena such as direct sound radiation and non-diffuse energy transfer, allow obtaining accurate results. Finally, both models demonstrated that reduced reverberation depends more on increased absorption of decorated surfaces than on coupling effects.
126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3168507View Description Hide Description
Recent application of coupled-room systems in performing arts spaces has prompted active research on sound fields in these complex geometries. This paper applies a diffusion-equation model to the study of acoustics in coupled-rooms. Acoustical measurements are conducted on a scale-model of two coupled-rooms. Using the diffusionmodel and the experimental results the current work conducts in-depth investigations on sound pressure level distributions, providing further evidence supporting the valid application of the diffusion-equation model. Analysis of the results within the Bayesian framework allows for quantification of the double-slope characteristics of sound-energy decays obtained from the diffusion-equation numerical modeling and the experimental measurements. In particular, Bayesian decay analysis confirms sound-energy flux modeling predictions that time-dependent sound-energy flows in coupled-room systems experience feedback in the form of energy flow-direction change across the aperture connecting the two rooms in cases where the dependent room is more reverberant than the source room.
126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3184568View Description Hide Description
This paper first shows experimentally that the distribution of modal spacings in a reverberation room is well modeled by the Rayleigh or Wigner distribution. Since the Rayleigh or Wigner distribution is a good approximation to the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble (GOE) distribution, this paper confirms the current wisdom that the GOE distribution is a good model for the distribution of modal spacings. Next this paper gives the technical arguments that the author used successfully to support the pragmatic arguments of Baade and the Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Institute of USA for retention of the pure tone qualification procedure and to modify a constant in the International Standard ISO 3741:1999(E) for measurement of sound power in a reverberation room.
126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3180632View Description Hide Description
In this paper, an iterative process is used in order to estimate the values of absorption coefficients of those materials of which little is known in the literature, so that an acoustic simulation can be carried out in Mudejar-Gothic churches. The estimation of the scattering coefficients, which is even less developed, is based on the size of the irregularities. This methodology implemented is applied to six Mudejar-Gothic churches of Seville (southern Spain). The simulated monophonic acoustic parameters, both in the frequency domain and as a function of source-receiver distance (spatial distribution), are analyzed and compared with the in situmeasures. Good agreement has been found between these sets of values, whereby each parameter is discussed in terms of the just noticeable difference. This procedure for existing buildings, especially for those which are rich in heritage, enables a reliable evaluation of the effect on the maintenance, restoration, and conditioning for new uses, as well as the recreation of the acoustic environment of ancient times. Along these lines, the acoustic influence of the timber roof and the presence of the public in these churches have also been studied.
Evaluating signal-to-noise ratios, loudness, and related measures as indicators of airborne sound insulation126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3192347View Description Hide Description
Subjective ratings of the audibility, annoyance, and loudness of music and speechsounds transmitted through 20 different simulated walls were used to identify better single number ratings of airborne sound insulation. The first part of this research considered standard measures such as the sound transmission class the weighted sound reduction index and variations of these measures [H. K. Park and J. S. Bradley, J. Acoust. Soc. Am.126, 208–219 (2009)]. This paper considers a number of other measures including signal-to-noise ratios related to the intelligibility of speech and measures related to the loudness of sounds. An exploration of the importance of the included frequencies showed that the optimum ranges of included frequencies were different for speech and musicsounds.Measures related to speech intelligibility were useful indicators of responses to speechsounds but were not as successful for musicsounds.-weighted level differences, signal-to-noise ratios and an -weighted sound transmission loss measure were good predictors of responses when the included frequencies were optimized for each type of sound. The addition of new spectrum adaptation terms to values were found to be the most practical approach for achieving more accurate predictions of subjective ratings of transmitted speech and musicsounds.