Predictions of the reverberation time in a street canyon

C. Y C Lai, K. M. Li, Chun Wah Leung

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Street canyons become a common feature in many countries due to a rapid increase in the population densities in many cities around the world. Noise control at sources is one of the most effective methods from a physical point of view. However, it is difficult, if not impossible, to implement this idea in practice. A possible solution is to understand the acoustic environment of a street canyon before noise control measures are implemented in this complex urban environment. The reverberation time is often used as an index to assess the acoustic environment of the street canyon but there are relatively few studies dedicated to the development of a simple but accurate formula for its prediction. Based on an energy approach, an integral equation and then a simple approximate formula have been developed to predict the reverberation times for a street canyon in the present study. The predicted results of the proposed formulae are compared well with experimental and theoretical results obtained from previous studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2008, ICSV 2008
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2008, ICSV 2008 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 6 Jul 200810 Jul 2008


Conference15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2008, ICSV 2008
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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