NOISE CONTROL FOR RAPID TRANSIT CARS ON ELEVATED STRUCTURES: PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF VEHICLE SKIRTS, UNDERCAR ABSORPTION, AND NOISE BARRIERS

In the report, procedures to reduce the propulsion system noise of urban rail transit vehicles on elevated structures are studied. Experiments in a laboratory use a scale model transit vehicle to evaluate the acoustical effectiveness of noise barrier walls, vehicle skirts, and undercar absorption. These experiments assume that the propulsion system noise is the only source of noise. Field measurement of urban rail transit vehicles at the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) in New Jersey provide additional data to compare the noise from elevated-structure and at-grade track sections. The results show that vehicle skirts and undercar absorption can provide a cost-effective noise reduction alternative to noise barriers if the propulsion system is the dominant noise source. The scale model results are only approximate and must be verified by full-scale demonstration tests. However, the potential value of the results can be demonstrated by applying the measured noise reductions in octave bands to the actual measured noise spectrum of the PATCO vehicle.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Incorporated

    50 Moulton Street
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Rail and Construction Technology
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • HANSON, C E
    • SCHAFER, M
    • TOWERS, D
    • ELDRED, K
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 61 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318960
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0099-80-4Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-16611
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1981 12:00AM