Architectural Acoustics

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Elsevier, Dec 23, 2005 - Science - 872 pages
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Architectural Acoustics offers a comprehensive overview of acoustical science at a level suitable for either advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate courses in architectural design and architectural engineering. The text is organized according to how sound interacts with built structures, going from simple geometries through complex building structures. The book begins with a brief but useful history of architecture and the role of acoustics, as well as overview of human perception of, sound, and then progresses through topics ranging from acoustic measurement, noise metrics and environmental noise, to sound in enclosed spaces, sound transmission in buildings, vibration and vibration isolation, and noise in mechanical systems.

Architectural Acoustics also includes more advanced chapters on specific design problems, including treatment of multifamily dwellings, office buildings, sound reinforcement systems, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, and studios and listening rooms. Also covered is the theory loudspeaker systems and sound system modeling as well as in-depth presentation of computer modeling, ray tracing and auralization.

* Comprehensive guide to the basics of acoustical science and its applications to architectural design.
* Author is renowned expert engaged in acoustical engineering for 20 years
* Covers the latest environmental regulations and health and safety research related to sound inside and outside of buildings.
 

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Contents

Chapter 2 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACOUSTICS
37
Chapter 3 HUMAN PERCEPTION AND REACTION TO SOUND
73
Chapter 4 ACOUSTIC MEASUREMENTS AND NOISE METRICS
115
Chapter 5 ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE
157
Chapter 6 WAVE ACOUSTICS
199
Chapter 7 SOUND AND SOLID SURFACES
235
Chapter 8 SOUND IN ENCLOSED SPACES
285
Chapter 9 SOUND TRANSMISSION LOSS
315
Chapter 14 SOUND ATTENUATION IN DUCTS
481
Chapter 15 DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF MULTIFAMILY DWELLINGS
509
Chapter 16 DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF OFFICE BUILDINGS
543
Chapter 17 DESIGN OF ROOMS FOR SPEECH
579
Chapter 18 SOUND REINFORCEMENT SYSTEMS
611
Chapter 19 DESIGN OF ROOMS FOR MUSIC
653
Chapter 20 DESIGN OF MULTIPURPOSE AUDITORIA AND SANCTUARIES
697
Chapter 21 DESIGN OF STUDIOS AND LISTENING ROOMS
741

Chapter 10 SOUND TRANSMISSION IN BUILDINGS
351
Chapter 11 VIBRATION AND VIBRATION ISOLATION
381
Chapter 12 NOISE TRANSMISSION IN FLOOR SYSTEMS
417
Chapter 13 NOISE IN MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
451
Chapter 22 ACOUSTIC MODELING RAY TRACING AND AURALIZATION
781
REFERENCES
813
INDEX
829
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About the author (2005)

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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