SD2166 Building Acoustics and Community Noice 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course aims at the students to have knowledge of building acoustics, its causes and consequences, as well as the ability to implement basic planning with regard to noise issues in construction projects. During the course, students will learn the basic knowledge of building acoustics, explain the guidelines for different sources of noise and explain why they exist.

Areas involved within the course include:

1. Perception of sound, different measurements and measurement methods

2. Room acoustics, sound propagation, reflexes, reverberation time, etc.

3. Building acoustic foundamental knowledge, sound insulation and how this is affected by walls, floor joists, resonances, windows, etc.

4. Traffic noise, how sounds from different of traffic sources are calculated and modified with e.g. noise screens

5. Community noise fundamental knowledge, WHO's Research Compilations, Guidelines, Health Impact, etc.

6. Ground vibrations and vibrations in buildings

Intended learning outcomes *

Students will, after passing the course,

  1. Be aware of the main features of the hearing system and how sound is experienced
  2. Know and be able to use space acoustic terminology
  3. Be able to formulate and execute calculations of basic building acoustic problems eg sound insulation and how this is affected by walls, floor joints, resonances, windows, etc.
  4. Implement methods for calculating traffic noise
  5. Know the causes of current guidelines for noise, such as annoyance and medical reasons
  6. Be able to explain how soil vibration and vibrations in buildings arise, reproduce and calculate

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelor's degree in sound and vibration or a bachelor's degree in building or equivalent prerequisites. Approved SD1120 "Sound and Vibration" or equivalent knowledge is a requirement for reading the course.

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Equipment

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Literature

Valda utdrag ur:

WHO Guidelines for Community Noise B. Berglund et al, 1999

WHO Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise, ed Fritschi et al, 2011

WHO Night noise guidelines for Europe, 2009

Community Noise Rating, T.J. Schultz, 2nd ed, 1974

Compendium in Buidlding acoustics

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Exam, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

TEN1 - Skriftlig tentamina

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Karl Bolin

Further information

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Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Karl Bolin (kbolin@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.