PREDICTION AND CONTROL OF RAIL TRANSIT NOISE AND VIBRATION. A STATE OF THE ART ASSESSMENT

As systems manager for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's Rail Supporting Technology Program, the Transportation Systems Center has undertaken research in rail transit noise abatement. As part of this effort, this report contains the results of a critical review of current technology for the prediction and control of urban rail transit noise and vibration, with primary emphasis on the parameters affecting propagation paths. Specifically included are tools for the prediction of wayside noise and vibration adjacent to both at-grade and elevated transit track, groundborne noise propagation from subway tunnels, and noise in cars and in stations. In addition, several noise and vibration control techniques are evaluated including resilient rail fasteners, floating slabs, noise barriers, elevated structure enclosures, structural damping, and acoustical treatment of stations and tunnels. Specific recommendations are made for areas requiring further research and development. Two of these areas, elevated structure noise and groundborne vibration from tunnels, have been selected for continued investigation under this contract.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cambridge Collaborative

    Cambridge, MA  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Manning, J E
    • Cann, R G
    • Fredberg, J J
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 254 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00072444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0025-74-5Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-643
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1981 12:00AM