A model is presented for the environmental noise of fast electric trains on continuous welded rails, based on a consideration of the possible modes of vibration of the wheels. Evidence is presented to support the idea that the wheels are the dominant sources of noise and radiate as resonant dipoles. The model is calibrated by the results of measurements and methods of predicting train noise level and noise energy (per unit area) are developed. The noise intensity is found to increase as the fourth power of the speed. Energy (per unit area) at an observer increases as the third power of the speed and is proportional to train length divided by the distance of the observer from the track. The relevance of the model as a basis for the calculation of train noise in terms of some noise indices is then discussed and it is shown that it can be used to predict the parameters required by some indices which may be relevant to the subjective effects of environmental train noise (A) /TRRL/

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    Academic Press Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Cato, D H
  • Publication Date: 1976-6-22

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  • Accession Number: 00141497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1976 12:00AM