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Overview

Solve the wide range of challenges encountered in acoustical design and consulting with this practical single-volume guide

  • Considered the most complete resource in the field – includes basic fundamental relations, derived from first principles, and examples needed to solve real engineering problems.
  • Provides a well-organized text for students first approaching the subject as well as a reliable reference for experienced practitioners looking to refresh their technical knowledge base.
  • New content for developing professionals includes case studies and coverage of specific focus areas such as audio visual design, theaters, and concert halls.

Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition presents a thorough technical overview of the discipline, from basic concepts to specific design advice. Beginning with a brief history, it reviews the fundamentals of acoustics, human perception and reaction to sound, acoustic noise measurements, noise metrics, and environmental noise characterization. In-depth treatment is given to the theoretical principles and practical applications of wave acoustics, sound transmission, vibration and vibration isolation, and noise transmission in floors and mechanical systems.

Chapters on specific design problems demonstrate how to apply the theory, including treatment of multifamily dwellings, office buildings, rooms for speech, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, studios, listening rooms, and the design of sound reinforcement systems. Detailed figures illustrate the practical applications of acoustic principles, showing how to implement design ideas in actual structures.

This compendium of theoretical and practical design information brings the relevant concepts, equations, techniques, and specific design problems together in one place, including both fundamentals and more advanced material. Practicing engineers will find it an invaluable reference for their daily work, while advanced students will appreciate its rigorous treatment of the basic building blocks of acoustical theory.

Architectural Acoustics presents a comprehensive technical overview of the field at a level suitable for working practitioners as well as advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate architecture or engineering course. The book is structured as a logical progression through acoustic interactions. Beginning with an architectural history, it reviews the fundamentals of acoustics, human perception and reaction to sound, acoustic noise measurements and noise metrics, and environmental noise. It then moves into wave acoustics, sound and solid surfaces, sound in enclosed spaces, sound transmission loss, sound transmission in buildings, vibration and vibration isolation, noise transmission in floor systems, noise in mechanical systems, and sound attenuation in ducts.

Chapters on specific design problems follow including treatment of multifamily dwellings, office buildings, rooms for speech, sound reinforcement systems, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, and studios and listening rooms. While providing a thorough overview of acoustics, it also includes the theory of loudspeaker systems and sound system modeling as well as an in-depth presentation of computer modeling, ray tracing and auralization. It will be particularly beneficial for architects and engineers working in fields where speech intelligibility, music appreciation, and noise isolation are critical. Comprehensive guide to the basics of acoustical science and its applications to architectural design.

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"…a first-rate reference for consultants who practice architectural acoustics or for architects and engineers who are looking for a complete compilation on acoustical techniques."

-International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124555518
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Applications of Modern Acoustics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 872
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1971, Marshall Long has been engaged in acoustical engineering consulting as principal of the firm he founded. Based in California, USA, Marshall Long Acoustics, has established a national and international reputation, completing over 3,000 projects in architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, environmental impact assessment, and audio visual design. With engineering degrees from Princeton and UCLA, Dr. Long has taught acoustical engineering courses at UCLA and Southern California Institute of Architecture, and has guest lectured at Cal State Long Beach and USC. He has published numerous papers and articles in the field of acoustics. The author has recently been awarded a US patent on the recording and reproduction of three-dimensional sound. For further information visit the firm’s website at mlacoustics.com.

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Table of Contents

1 Historical introduction 1
2 Fundamentals of acoustics 37
3 Human perception and reaction to sound 73
4 Acoustic measurements and noise metrics 115
5 Environmental noise 157
6 Wave acoustics 199
7 Sound and solid surfaces 235
8 Sound in enclosed spaces 285
9 Sound transmission loss 315
10 Sound transmission in buildings 351
11 Vibration and vibration isolation 381
12 Noise transmission in floor systems 417
13 Noise in mechanical systems 451
14 Sound attenuation in ducts 481
15 Design and construction of multifamily dwellings 509
16 Design and construction of office buildings 543
17 Design of rooms for speech 579
18 Sound reinforcement systems 611
19 Design of rooms for music 653
20 Design of multipurpose auditoria and sanctuaries 697
21 Design of studios and listening rooms 741
22 Acoustic modeling, ray tracing, and auralization 781
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