Acoustic Evaluation & Analysis


Contact Information

Paul Till
Principal Engineer
Structural Dynamics & Product Assurance
(210) 522-3554
ptill@swri.org

 

Jenny Ferren
Manager
Structural Dynamics & Product Assurance
(210) 522-2329
jferren@swri.org

image: Engineers use sound intensity measurements for sound source ranking and noise reduction of office equipment.

Engineers use sound intensity measurements for sound source ranking and noise reduction of office equipment.

 

image: Empirical noise source ranking, transmission path identification, vibroacoustic analyses, and sound quality evaluations are used to develop cost-efficient noise control	measures for vehicle systems.

Empirical noise source ranking, transmission path identification, vibroacoustic analyses, and sound quality evaluations are used to develop cost-efficient noise control measures for vehicle systems.

 

image: A tractor undergoes noise testing in an SwRI chamber to identify major noise sources and paths of propagation.

A tractor undergoes noise testing in an SwRI chamber to identify major noise sources and paths of propagation.

Acoustic evaluations and analyses are provided for a broad range of commercial and government clients by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Acoustic evaluation facilities include a large, hemi-anechoic chamber that can accommodate equipment ranging from small electronic components to vehicles. Portable data acquisition equipment and transducers are also available to acquire in situ noise and vibration measurements at client locations as well as pass-by noise testing.

Engineers have expertise in both analytical and experimental techniques, and can effectively incorporate the two to solve a broad range of acoustic problems. Specific capabilities include:

Acoustic Analytical Modeling

Experimental Methods

  • In-service noise ranking and path identification
  • Sound pressure and power evaluations
  • Sound intensity measurements
  • Sound quality analysis
  • Acoustic imaging
  • Structural impedance measurements
  • Component coupling predictions
  • Pass-by and interior noise
  • In-ear noise measurements

Standardized Evaluations

Noise evaluations are performed to the following standards for a broad range of clients:

  • Telecommunication (Telcordia GR-63-CORE, ETSI 300 753, ISO7779, ATIS-0600005.2006, ANSI 51.10, etc.)
  • Sound power (ISO 3744, ANSI 512.54, etc.)
  • Vehicle/machinery (ISO 11501, 6395, 6396; EN 15053; SAE J366; ASME B56.11.5)
  • Military (MIL-STD-1474)

Noise Control

  • Noise barriers and absorbing materials
  • Vibration isolation and panel-damping treatments
  • Absorptive materials
  • Active noise and vibration control
  • Noise source identification and ranking

Related Terminology

acoustic analysis  •  acoustics testing  •  analytical modeling  •  experimental methods  •  noise control  •  noise evaluations

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04/15/14