Rushforth et al, Case Study of Low Frequency Noise Assessed Using DINM 45680 Criteria

A case study of low frequency noise assessed using DIN 45680 criteria
Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control

Ian Rushforth, Andy Moorhouse, Peter Styles

This paper describes a case study in which low frequency noise was suspected of causing disturbance in a semi-rural location close to an industrial estate.

Previous attempts using conventional acoustic measurement techniques to resolve the case, or even prove the existence of a real acoustic problem, had proved unsuccessful. In the present study, the authors applied a novel integrated acoustic/microseismic measurement system, and assessed the resultant data using criteria from the German national standard DIN 45680.

Using this approach, the authors successfully resolved the low frequency noise problem and, after a test involving a sequential shutdown at a suspect industrial site, established the precise cause of the disturbance.

The paper thus supports the criteria in DIN 45680 as a predictor of annoyance due to low frequency noise and as an aid in resolving such problems.

It also illustrated the flexibility of the combined acoustic/microseismic technique and the advantages of the method over traditional techniques.

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