The theoretical attenuation of traffic noise by long barriers has been studied, by using a Monte Carlo snapshot technique for description of individual vehicle contributions, and the results compared with those obtained when line and point source approximations are used for the traffic noise source. The line source approximation is shown to five, in principle, the attenuation by a barrier of Leg rather than L10 and to lead to an underestimate of the L10 attenuation. The use of a point source is shown to represent a complementary approximation to the line source method. A detailed calculation, for a particular motorway configuration, in which a stochastic line source model was used shows good agreement with the design curve of the Department of the Environment Design Bulletin 26 for path differences less than 0.5m. At greater path differences the stochastic line source is found to predict a smaller attenuation of L10 than that predicted by db 26. The validity of the assumptions in the stochastic line source model is critically examined, and a design curve for L10 is given which extends the range of that found in Design Bulletin 26. /TRRL/

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    Academic Press Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Fisk, D J
  • Publication Date: 1975-2-8

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  • Accession Number: 00125213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM