A LABORATORY STUDY OF THE SUBJECTIVE RESPONSE TO HELICOPTER BLADE-SLAP NOISE

The test stimuli recorded during a recent field study consisted of 16 sounds, each presented at 4 peak noise levels. Two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft were used. The impulsive characteristics of one helicopter were varied by operating at different rotor speeds, whereas the other helicopter, the noise of which was dominated by the tail rotor, displayed little variation in blade-slap noise. Thirty-two subjects made noisiness judgments on a continuous, 11 point, numerical scale. Preliminary results indicate that proposed impulsiveness corrections provide no significant improvement in the noisiness predictive ability of Effective Perceived Noise Levels (EPNL). For equal EPNL, the two categories of helicopter stimuli, one of which was far more impulsive than the other, showed no difference in judged noisiness. Examination of the physical characteristics of the sounds presented in the laboratory highlighted the difficulty of reproducing acoustical signals with high-crest factors.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bionetics Corporation

    18 Research Drive
    Hampton, VA  United States  23666
  • Authors:
    • SHEPHERD, K P
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

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  • Pagination: 21 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00191216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-158973
  • Contract Numbers: NAS1-14970
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM