Foundations of Engineering Acoustics

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Academic Press, Sep 12, 2000 - Science - 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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Contents

Chapter 1 Sound Engineering
1
Chapter 2 The Nature of Sound and Some Sound Wave Phenomena
6
Chapter 3 Sound in Fluids
23
Chapter 4 Impedance
48
Chapter 5 Sound Energy and Intensity
74
Chapter 6 Sources of Sound
96
Chapter 7 Sound Absorption and Sound Absorbers
140
Chapter 8 Sound in Waveguides
181
Appendix 1 Complex exponential representation of harmonic functions
380
Appendix 2 Frequency Analysis
384
Appendix 3 Spatial Fourier Analysis of SpaceDependent Variables
394
Appendix 4 Coherence and CrossCorrelation
397
Appendix 5 The Simple Oscillator
401
Appendix 6 Measures of Sound Frequency Weighting and Noise Rating Indicators
406
Appendix 7 Demonstrations and Experiments
411
Answers
421

Chapter 9 Sound in Enclosures
236
Chapter 10 Structureborne Sound
270
Chapter 11 Transmission of Sound through Partitions
315
Chapter 12 Reflection Scattering Diffraction and Refraction
352

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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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