Reviewer in Acoustics | ECE Board Exam

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Review Notes in Acoustics

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Summary of Important Acoustics Review Notes

Sound level meter – an instrument designed to measure a frequency-weighted value of the sound pressure level

Noy – a unit of noisiness related to the perceived noise level

Noise rating curves – an agreed set of empirical curves relating octave-band sound pressure level to the center frequency of the octave bands.

Natural frequency – the frequency of a free vibration

Flanking transmission – the transmission of sound from one room to an adjacent room, via common walls, floors or ceilings

Hearing level – a measure of threshold of hearing, expressed in decibels relative to a specified standard of normal hearing

330 m/s – velocity of sound in air

Speaker is a device that converts current variations into sound waves

Carbon type of microphone operates on the principle that the electrical resistance of carbon granules varies as the pressure on the granules vary

Bass response is bypassing high audio frequencies

Pure tone of sound used as standard on testing is 1000 Hz

Echo is early reflection of sound

Dolby – noise reduction system used for film sound in movie

Sound intensity is the sound energy per unit area at right angles to the propagation direction per unit time

Phon is the unit of loudness level of a sound

Sound intensity is the average rate of transmission of sound energy in a given direction through a cross-section area of 1 sq. m. at right angles to the direction

Mel is the unit of pitch

Decibel – a measure of the intensity of sound in comparison to another sound intensity

Sound wave has two main characteristics which are pitch and loudness

Dynamic type of microphone operated by electromagnetic induction that generates an output signal voltage

Supersonic – speed that is faster than speed of sound

Sound waves travel in water at a 5000 ft/sec speed

Wavelength – crest-to-crest distance along the direction of wave travel

Sound intensity level is 10 log I/Iref

Sound pressure level is 20 log P/Pref

The most important specification of loudspeakers and microphones is frequency response

Fundamental – lowest frequency produced by a musical instrument

Diffraction – tendency of a sound energy to spread

When waves bend away from straight lines of travel, it is called refraction

Reverberation time – required time for any sound to decay to 60 dB

The intensity needed to produce an audible sound varies with frequency

Ultrasonic – sound that vibrates at frequency too high for the human ear to hear (over 20 kHz)

Crystal microphone will be damaged if exposed to high temperature above 52°C

Spider – a thin springy sheet of bakelite or metal that permits the voice coil in a dynamic loudspeaker to move back and forth along the core of its magnet

One hundred twenty μbars of pressure variation is equal to 115.56 dBSPL

Proximity effect is a microphone characteristic that results in a boost in bass frequencies for close microphone spacing

20 Hz to 20 kHz is the audio frequency range

10 Hz to 20 kHz is the bass frequency range

5,000 Hz to 10 kHz – high frequency range of audio signals

65 is the dB SPL of a voice paging in an office

90 – 100 is the dBdb SPL of an auditorium with contemporary music

80 – 85 is the church db SPL with speech reinforcement only

Intensity can also be called as loudness

The loudness of a sound depends upon the energy of motion imparted to vibrating molecules of the medium transmitting the sound

Loudness is affected by the distance between the listener and the source of the sound and its intensity varies inversely with the square of this distance

If the distance between the listener and the source of the sound is doubled, the intensity is reduced to ¼

If the distance between the listener and the source of the sound is decreased to ½ the original amount, the intensity of the sound would be 4 times as great

At a sensation level of 40dB, 1000 Hz tone is 1000 mels

If the sound waves are converted to electrical waves by a microphone, the frequency of the electric current will be 25 to 8000 Hz

For a music lover concert “A” is 440 Hz. If a musical note one octave higher 0were played, it would be double that frequency

In a 220 Hz, if a note was played one octave lower it would be 110 Hz

Much of music generally referred to in octaves

Distortion is an undesired change in wave form as the signal passes through a device

Distortion enhances intelligibility when an exciter is added

Exciters – a class of signal processors

Hall construction and internal finishes affect the final sound quality significantly

Positioning a loudspeaker near a wall can dramatically alter its frequency response in two distinct ways namely hump and notch

The acoustics of most auditoria are very different when the room is full compared to the empty condition

A microphone transducer converts acoustical energy

All microphone have two basic components namely, diaphragm and generating element

When the average absorption is greater than 0.2, Norris-Eyring formula is used to compute the actual reverberation time

At room temperature, the velocity of sound in meters/seconds is 341.8 m/s

The ratio of frequencies is termed as interval

6 dB is the increase in sound pressure level in dB, if the pressure is doubled

Pitch – a term which is subjective but dependent mainly on frequency and also affected by intensity

Masking – an effect that occurs in the ear where a louder sound can reduce or even stop the nerve voltage generated by a weaker sound

For computation of ideal reverberation time, Stephen and Bate is applicable

The loudness of sound is a subjective effect which is a function of the ear and brain

Reverberation time – defined as the time taken for the intensity of sound energy in the room to drop to one millionth of its initial value

Sound intensity is the sound energy per unit area at right angles of the propagation direction, per unit time

Phon – the unit of loudness level

Flutter echo – consists of a rapid succession of noticeable echoes

W.C Sabine – laid the foundations of acoustic theory of buildings

Sound – an aural sensation by pressure variation in the air which are always produced by some source of vibrations

10-12 W/m2 is considered to be as the threshold of hearing

The average absorption for a person is 4.7 units

Frequency – the number of vibration or pressure fluctuations per second

Sound intensity – defined as the average rate of transmission of sound energy in a given direction through a cross-sectional area of 1 m^2 at right angles to the direction

The minimum sound intensity that can be heard is termed as threshold of hearing

Mel – the unit of pitch

3 dB is the increase in sound pressure level in dB, if the intensity is doubled

The velocity of sound is considered to be constant at 330 m/s for the purpose of building acoustics

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