Foundations of Engineering Acoustics

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Academic Press, Sep 12, 2000 - Technology & Engineering - 443 pages
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Foundations of Engineering Acoustics takes the reader on a journey from a qualitative introduction to the physical nature of sound, explained in terms of common experience, to mathematical models and analytical results which underlie the techniques applied by the engineering industry to improve the acoustic performance of their products. The book is distinguished by extensive descriptions and explanations of audio-frequency acoustic phenomena and their relevance to engineering, supported by a wealth of diagrams, and by a guide for teachers of tried and tested class demonstrations and laboratory-based experiments.

Foundations of Engineering Acoustics is a textbook suitable for both senior undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mechanical, aerospace, marine, and possibly electrical and civil engineering schools at universities. It will be a valuable reference for academic teachers and researchers and will also assist Industrial Acoustic Group staff and Consultants.

  • Comprehensive and up-to-date: broad coverage, many illustrations, questions, elaborated answers, references and a bibliography
  • Introductory chapter on the importance of sound in technology and the role of the engineering acoustician
  • Deals with the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and forms of mathematical representation, rather than methodology
  • Frequent reference to practical applications and contemporary technology
  • Emphasizes qualitative, physical introductions to each principal as an entrée to mathematical analysis for the less theoretically oriented readers and courses
  • Provides a 'cook book' of demonstrations and laboratory-based experiments for teachers
  • Useful for discussing acoustical problems with non-expert clients/managers because the descriptive sections are couched in largely non-technical language and any jargon is explained
  • Draws on the vast pedagogic experience of the writer

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Chapter 1 Sound Engineering
Chapter 2 The Nature of Sound and Some Sound Wave Phenomena
Chapter 3 Sound in Fluids
Chapter 4 Impedance
Chapter 5 Sound Energy and Intensity
Chapter 6 Sources of Sound
Chapter 7 Sound Absorption and Sound Absorbers
Chapter 8 Sound in Waveguides
Appendix 1 Complex exponential representation of harmonic functions
Appendix 2 Frequency Analysis
Appendix 3 Spatial Fourier Analysis of SpaceDependent Variables
Appendix 4 Coherence and CrossCorrelation
Appendix 5 The Simple Oscillator
Appendix 6 Measures of Sound Frequency Weighting and Noise Rating Indicators
Appendix 7 Demonstrations and Experiments

Chapter 9 Sound in Enclosures
Chapter 10 Structureborne Sound
Chapter 11 Transmission of Sound through Partitions
Chapter 12 Reflection Scattering Diffraction and Refraction

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Frank Fahy has been teaching and researching at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Southampton, England, for nearly forty years. He is Emeritus Professor of Engineering Acoustics, signifying both his training and professionalmotivation. He is a Rayleigh Medal holder and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics.

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