Engineering Noise Control: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition

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CRC Press, Jun 26, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 748 pages
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The practice of engineering noise control demands a solid understanding of the fundamentals of acoustics, the practical application of current noise control technology and the underlying theoretical concepts. This fully revised and updated fourth edition provides a comprehensive explanation of these key areas clearly, yet without oversimplification. Written by experts in their field, the practical focus echoes advances in the discipline, reflected in the fourth edition’s new material, including:

  • completely updated coverage of sound transmission loss, mufflers and exhaust stack directivity
  • a new chapter on practical numerical acoustics
  • thorough explanation of the latest instruments for measurements and analysis.

Essential reading for advanced students or those already well versed in the art and science of noise control, this distinctive text can be used to solve real world problems encountered by noise and vibration consultants as well as engineers and occupational hygienists.


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This book titled Engineering Noise Control - Theory and Practice - Fourth Edition authored by David A Bies and Colin H Hansen is one of the books in the recent past which has comprehensive coverage of all topics in this specialized subjects. This book can certainly introduced in the courses which could be a part of Environmental Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Production and Engineering. This book could be a text/reference book for the higher level of undergraduate course or a core engineering course for PG. Primers for problems and analysis using Matlab or Lab-view tool boxes could be a plus point. Simple case study materials be present which could enthuse the next generation to achieve the objective of QUIETER TECHNOLOGY. 


Fundamentals and Basic Terminology
The Human Ear
Instrumentation for Noise Measurement and Analysis
Sound Sources and Outdoor Sound Propagation
Sound Power Its Use and Measurement
Sound In Enclosed Spaces
Partitions Enclosures and Barriers
Sound Power and Sound Pressure Level Estimation Procedures
Practical Numerical Acoustics
APPENDIX A Wave Equation Derivation
APPENDIX B Properties of Materials
APPENDIX C Acoustical Properties of Porous Materials
APPENDIX D Frequency Analysis
List of Acoustical Standards

Muffling Devices
Vibration Control

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About the author (2009)

David A. Bies is now retired having served as a Reader and then Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide’s School of Mechanical Engineering. He is an expert and widely published acoustics physicist who has also worked as a senior consultant in industry.

Colin H. Hansen is Professor and Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. With a wealth of experience in consulting, research and teaching in acoustics, he has authored numerous books, journal articles and conference proceedings on the topic.

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