HUMAN RESPONSE TO SOUND: THE CALCULATION OF PERCEIVED LEVEL, PLDB (NOISINESS OR LOUDNESS) DIRECTLY FROM PHYSICAL MEASURES

The relationship between the perceived level, PLdB, of sound (loudness or noisiness) is shown to be a function of the sound pressure squared and the sound frequency squared. A logarithmic formula employing this basic relationship between perceived level and pressure and frequency has been developed and is found to be as accurate as the more complex methods currently in use. The results are found to be more accurate than the complex methods currently in use for the useful range of sound pressure levels and frequencies found to be associated with operational aircraft including helicopters, turbofan, turboprop and turbojet powered aircraft. This work, therefore, provides the systems engineer an easily understood and useful design and evaluation method. The formula developed clearly shows the design engineer and management personnel the relationship between the physical characteristics of an evolving system and its potential impact on human and community response.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems R&D Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    ,   USA 
  • Authors:
    • Higgins, T H
  • Publication Date: 1976-11-17

Media Info

  • Pagination: 46 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00151192
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-76-1 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM