This study used scale model experiments to investigate the insertion losses of balconies on a building façade in the presence of ground reflections. The experiments measured both A-weighted broad- and narrowband insertion loss spectra. The underlying wave interactions/interferences and their couplings with and without reflections from the balcony ceilings were also examined in detail, and these findings were related to the dimensions and elevations of the balconies. The findings indicate that the ground and ceiling reflections and their interferences with the direct sound play very important roles in shaping the frequency characteristics of the insertion losses. Strong sound attenuation can be attained with a carefully designed geometry and acoustical properties of the balcony and the balcony ceiling.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)