This report presents the FHWA method for predicting noise generated by constant speed highway traffic. The report is intended to be a users' manual as well as a reference document detailing the development, use, and limitations of the prediction method. In the main body of the report, the prediction procedure is presented in a step-by-step fashion and includes numerous example problems designed to highlight important concepts and features. For those interested in the theoretical development of the model, an extremely detailed derivation is presented in the appendices. The basis of the model is the equivalent sound level, L sub eq, although an adjustment for conversion to L sub 10 is provided. The method incorporates three classes of vehicles--automobiles, medium trucks, and heavy trucks. Adjustments for absorptive ground covers and finite length barriers are also included. Certain special topics such as nonuniform highway sites and determination of equivalent day-night levels, L sub dn, are also included. (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Environmental Policy, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Barry, T M
    • Reagan, J A
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 272 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-77-108 Final Rpt., 33F4602
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1981 12:00AM