SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Nathan Firesheets
TIME: Friday, October 5, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
PLACE: Love Building, 311
TITLE: Modeling the Transmission Loss of Typical Home Constructions Exposed to Aircraft Nosie
COMMITTEE: Dr. Erica Ryherd, Chair (ME)
Dr. Ken Cunefare (ME)
Dr. Vic Sparrow (Penn State)


Current aircraft noise guidelines are based primarily on outdoor sound levels. However, human perception is highly related to indoor response, particularly for residences. A research project has been conducted that provides insight into how typical residential dwelling envelopes affect indoor sound levels. A focus has been placed on the effect of residential dwelling envelopes on non-sonic boom commercial aircraft noise. Typical construction types across the United States have been identified and used to develop model predictions of outdoor-to-indoor transmission loss. Further, the impact of systematically altering construction variables (such as the construction materials used and the ratio of window area to wall area) has been investigated. Results will be used to better understand trends for expected noise reduction for typical construction types around the United States. Additionally, comparisons have been made between the effect of older and more modern wall construction techniques on whole-house performance.