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Acoustic testing facilities at the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.

Authors
Peterson-JS; Yantek-D; Smith-AK
Source
Noise Control Eng J 2012 Jan; 60(1):85-96
NIOSHTIC No.
20040444
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) maintains a noise control program as part of its Hearing Loss Prevention Branch (HLPB). This program utilizes two large acoustic laboratories-a reverberation chamber and a hemi-anechoic chamber-to assist OMSHR engineers with the development and evaluation of noise controls. This paper discusses the design, instrumentation, and use of the NIOSH acoustics laboratories and the important role they play in noise control development and evaluation. The NIOSH reverberation chamber meets the absorption, reverberation time, and test room broadband qualification requirements specified in the ISO 3741/ANSI S12.51 acoustics standard for precision method sound power testing. As part of a qualification testing program, NIOSH conducted an uncertainty estimate for sound power level testing in the chamber. For an overall sound power measurement, this uncertainty estimate was 0.4 dB. The NIOSH hemi-anechoic chamber, which uses Eckel Industries SuperSoft Panels on the walls and ceiling, is used primarily for noise source identification to determine significant noise sources on equipment. Testing was completed to ensure that the chamber functions as a free-field. The SuperSoft panels met NIOSH requirements and the chamber was verified as a free-field per the test room qualification criteria set forth in ISO 3745.
Keywords
Noise; Noise-control; Noise-frequencies; Noise-levels; Noise-measurement; Sound; Laboratories; Laboratory-testing; Laboratory-techniques; Hearing-conservation
Contact
J. Shawn Peterson, NIOSH, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, PO Box 18070, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
NCEGAR
Publication Date
20120101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jnp3@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B03142012
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0736-2501
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Noise Control Engineering Journal
State
PA
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