Characterization of Noise Sources, Built Material and Acoustic Parameters of a Newly Renovated Special Purpose Space

Mohd Zaid, Yasser Rafat*, Sameen Mustafa, Rashid Ali, Bashmal Salem

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The study of acoustical characteristics is important to understand sound propagation, absorption, build up and aural comfort in closed and open spaces. This article presents experimental investigation and analyses of the acoustical characteristics of a renovated room in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). To design a space (room, hall, lab, etc.), the acoustic parameters such as Early Decay Time (EDT), Reverberation time (RT), Noise criterion and other parameters need to be determined. Absorption is also an important parameter to determine the acoustics of a space. The absorption coefficient of built material and objects in the room was measured using a new in situ method (sec 0). The presence of occupants and various objects inside a space can change the overall absorption performance of that space. These parameters help acousticians to correctly design and maintain the venues according to the need. The results of experimental data collected using microphones were found to be in accordance with values set by various standards. The room was found to be suitable to be used as a lecture room and laboratory, while it was unsuitable for musical purposes. These aspects should be considered before designing the space, and knowledge of the absorption coefficient of any object should be utilized for enhancing the acoustics of a space in the early designing and interior designing phases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Trends in Design, Materials and Manufacturing - Selected Proceedings of ICRADMM 2020
EditorsManvandra Kumar Singh, Rakesh Kumar Gautam
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789811640827
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364

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© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.


  • Absorption
  • Acoustical parameters
  • Background noise
  • Built material characterization
  • Noise characterization
  • Reverberation time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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