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Modeling of sound propagation in urban streets containing trees using Markovian technique

Haron, Zaiton and Yahya, Khairulzan and Zakaria, Rozana and Oldham, David (2009) Modeling of sound propagation in urban streets containing trees using Markovian technique. Malaysian Journal of Civil Engineering, 21 (1). pp. 55-68. ISSN 1823-7843

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Abstract

It is claimed that the trees may become a possible control method for noise in streets and hence contribute another step towards a sustainable environment. This paper examined the capability of an abatement scheme containing absorbent facades and trees in streets through a simulation model developed using the novel approach based upon Markovian techniques. The study showed that sound pressure level in a street containing trees relative to that in an empty street predicted by the Markov model was in good agreement with predictions obtained using commercial software, RAYNOISE model. Within the scope and assumptions in this study, it is shown streets containing trees and absorbent building façade result in sound reductions typically less than 1.5 dB. Hence trees in streets appear to have only a slight effect on sound attenuation, and thus make no significant contribution towards producing a sustainable environment in this respect.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:diffuse reflection, markov process, transition probability, sound propagation, noise control
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Civil Engineering
ID Code:21043
Deposited By: Ramli Haron
Deposited On:09 Jan 2012 04:01
Last Modified:03 Dec 2013 03:22

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