A laboratory investigation was directed at the development of criteria for the prediction of ride quality in a noise-vibration environment. The stimuli for the study consisted of octave bands of noise centered at 500 and 2000 Hz and vertical floor vibrations composed of either 5 Hz sinusoidal vibration, or random vibrations centered at 5 Hz and with a 5 Hz bandwidth. The noise stimuli were presented at A-weighted sound pressure levels ranging from ambient to 95 dB and the vibration at acceleration levels ranging from 0.02-0. 13 sub rms. Results indicated that the total subjective discomfort response could be divided into two subjective components. One component consisted of subjective discomfort to vibration and was found to be a linear function of vibration acceleration level. The other component consisted of discomfort due to noise which varied logarithmically with noise level (power relationship). However, the magnitude of the noise discomfort component was dependent upon the level of vibration present in the combined environment. Based on the experimental results, a model of subjective discomfort that accounted for the interdependence of noise and vibration was developed. The model was then used to develop a set of criteria (constant discomfort) curves that illustrate the basic design tradeoffs available between noise and vibration.

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  • Authors:
    • Dempsey, T K
    • Leatherwood, J D
    • Clevenson, S A
  • Publication Date: 1979-1

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  • Accession Number: 00196283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM