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Architectural Acoustics

Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition presents a thorough technical overview of the discipline, from basic concepts to specific design advice. Beginning with a brief history, it reviews the fundamentals of acoustics, human perception and reaction to sound, acoustic noise measurements, noise metrics, and environmental noise characterization. In-depth treatment is given to the theoretical principles and practical applications of wave acoustics, sound transmission, vibration and vibration isolation, and noise transmission in floors and mechanical systems.

Chapters on specific design problems demonstrate how to apply the theory, including treatment of multifamily dwellings, office buildings, rooms for speech, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, studios, listening rooms, and the design of sound reinforcement systems. Detailed figures illustrate the practical applications of acoustic principles, showing how to implement design ideas in actual structures.

This compendium of theoretical and practical design information brings the relevant concepts, equations, techniques, and specific design problems together in one place, including both fundamentals and more advanced material. Practicing engineers will find it an invaluable reference for their daily work, while advanced students will appreciate its rigorous treatment of the basic building blocks of acoustical theory.

Professional engineers, consultants and researchers in architectural acoustics, acoustical engineering and related mechanical and architectural fields. Upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking engineering or architecture courses with related modules.

Hardbound, 984 Pages

Published: February 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-398258-2


  • "…a first-rate reference for consultants who practice architectural acoustics or for architects and engineers who are looking for a complete compilation on acoustical techniques."

    -International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration


  • Historical Introduction
    2. Fundamentals of Acoustics
    3. Human Perception and Reaction to Sound
    4. Acoustic Measurements and Noise Metrics
    5. Environmental Noise
    6. Wave Acoustics
    7. Sound and Solid Surfaces
    8. Sound in Enclosed Spaces
    9. Sound Transmission Loss
    10. Sound Transmission in Buildings
    11. Vibration and Vibration Isolation
    12. Noise Transmission in Floor Systems
    13. Noise Generation in Mechanical Systems
    14. Sound Transmission in Ducts
    15. Design Construction and Residential Buildings
    16. Design of Rooms for Unamplified Speech
    17. Sound System Design
    18. Design of Auditoria and Sanctuaries
    19. Design of Studios and Listening Rooms
    20. Concert Hall Design
    21. Acoustic Modeling, Ray Tracing, and Auralization


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