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Analysis of Acoustic Models and Statistical Energy Analysis with Direct Field for Machinery Room on Offshore Platform

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In this paper, an approach to model the acoustic environment of different types of machinery room in an off shore platform is presented. In a machinery room where airborne noise predominates structure-borne noise, five acoustic models to compute the sound pressure level namely: Thompson, Kuttruff, SNAME method, Heerema and Hodgson and Sergeyev are compared with statistical energy analysis (SEA) with direct field (SEA-DF) and measurement results. Unlike the simple acoustic models, the SEA-DF model includes structure-borne transmission. The results show that the noise prediction using SEA-DF model with absorption coefficients estimated from T 60 measurement exhibits a smaller error of 1.4 dBA (in an engine room) and 0.7 dBA (in a pump room) on the spatial averaging noise level as compared to the simple acoustic models. The Heerema and Hodgson and Kuttruff acoustic model have a closer result to the SEA-DF. The sensitivity of SEA-DF approach when subjected to variation in absorption coefficient (not exceeding 0.2) at 1000 Hz has shown a 15 dBA impact on sound pressure level as compared to higher absorption coefficient at about 4 dB difference. The result shows the impact of noise attenuation at different absorption coefficient and the importance of having information on the mean absorption coefficient for machinery room design on off shore platform. This enable acoustics professionals to implement better hearing protection programs for off shore crews working on the off shore platform.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ji X, Chin CS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Acta Acustica united with Acustica

Year: 2015

Volume: 101

Issue: 6

Pages: 1234-1244

Print publication date: 01/11/2015

Online publication date: 01/11/2015

Acceptance date: 24/08/2015

ISSN (print): 1610-1928

ISSN (electronic): 1861-9959

Publisher: S. Hirzel Verlag


DOI: 10.3813/AAA.918916


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