An analytical model to estimate the performance of an indoor barrier at low-medium frequencies

Y. J. Chu, Cheuk Ming Mak, X. J. Qiu

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Indoor barriers are now widely used for sound insulation. This paper examines the performance of indoor barriers in the low-medium frequency range and analyses the interaction between different natural modes of a room-barrier-room system. Morse proposed a theoretical model to calculate the sound field in a coupled-room, but this model neglects the surface integral of the boundary values of sound pressure. To estimate the performance of a barrier in an indoor environment, an analytical model is proposed that modifies the Green's function for a non-rigid boundary enclosure and approximates the surface integral by a pre-estimated sound pressure based on Morse's model. An additional approximation has been made in the proposed model to neglect the coupling area in the calculation of the surface integral. The proposed model used to predict the insertion loss of the barrier is verified by the experimental results using a 1:5 scale model. The predicted results agree well with the measured results at lower frequencies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1349
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Acoustics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • Coupled-room
  • Indoor barrier
  • Low-medium frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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