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Using natural means to reduce surface transport noise during propagation outdoors

Van Renterghem, Timothy; Forssén, Jens; Attenborough, Keith; Jean, Philippe; Defrance, Jérôme ; Hornikx, Maarten and Kang, Jian (2015). Using natural means to reduce surface transport noise during propagation outdoors. Applied Acoustics, 92 pp. 86–101.

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Abstract

This paper reviews ways of reducing surface transport noise by natural means. The noise abatement solutions of interest can be easily (visually) incorporated in the landscape or help with greening the (sub)urban environment. They include vegetated surfaces (applied to faces or tops of noise walls and on building façades and roofs ), caged piles of stones (gabions), vegetation belts (tree belts, shrub zones and hedges), earth berms and various ways of exploiting ground-surface-related effects. The ideas presented in this overview have been tested in the laboratory and/or numerically evaluated in order to assess or enhance the noise abatement they could provide. Some in-situ experiments are discussed as well. When well-designed, such natural devices have the potential to abate surface transport noise, possibly by complementing and sometimes improving common (non-green) noise reducing devices or measures. Their applicability strongly depends on the available space reserved for the noise abatement and the receiver position.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0003-682X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
HOSANNA234306EC
Keywords: oudoor sound propagation; surface transport noise; noise barriers; vegetation belts; ground effect; building envelope greening
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 42364
Depositing User: Keith Attenborough
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 09:13
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 18:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42364
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