MECH5501 Applied Acoustics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Covering the principles, concepts and practical applications of current noise control technology, this comprehensive unit is designed for students who want to learn reliable, straightforward and practical methods to deal with industrial and environmental noise. Among the topics covered are the following: noise criteria, masking, speech interference and hearing damage; microphone calibration, instrumentation and its uses; noise sources, sound radiation, sound power measurement and source directivity; sound fields in enclosed spaces and reverberation control; noise barriers and transmission loss; small engine mufflers and side branch resonators, vibration control and isolation for noise control. Students are able to apply their knowledge of applied acoustics for two laboratory practices and other practical noise analysis and control. This unit is of interest to those considering a career as acoustical and noise control consultants, practicing engineers, architects and all other professionals concerned with noise abatement and control.
Students are able to (1) explain the principles of applied acoustics; (2) understand the effect of noise on humans; (3) undertake noise assessment and measurement; (4) determine sound power and directivity of noise sources; (5) evaluate and control sound quality in enclosures; (6) design of noise barriers and partitions; (7) design small engine mufflers and side branch resonators; (8) implement vibration control and isolation for noise control; (9) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (10) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Jie Pan
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: none
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
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