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Title: Active control of low-frequency noise through a single top-hung window in a full-sized room
Authors: Lam, Bhan
Shi, Dongyuan
Belyi, Valiantsin
Wen, Shulin
Gan, Woon-Seng
Li, Kelvin
Lee, Irene
Keywords: Engineering::Electrical and electronic engineering
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Lam, B., Shi, D., Belyi, V., Wen, S., Gan, W.-S., Li, K., & Lee, I. (2020). Active control of low-frequency noise through a single top-hung window in a full-sized room. Applied Sciences, 10(19), 6817-. doi:10.3390/app10196817
Project: COT-V4-2019-1
Journal: Applied Sciences
Abstract: The push for greater urban sustainability has increased the urgency of the search for noise mitigation solutions that allow for natural ventilation into buildings. Although a viable active noise control (ANC) solution with up to 10 dB of global attenuation between 100 Hz and 1000 Hz was previously developed for an open window, it had limited low-frequency performance below 300 Hz, owing to the small loudspeakers used. To improve the low-frequency attenuation, four passive radiator-based speakers were affixed around the opening of a top-hung ventilation window. The active control performance between 100 Hz and 700 Hz on a single top-hung window in a full-sized mock-up apartment room was examined. Active attenuation came close to the performance of the passive insulation provided by fully closing the window for expressway traffic and motorbike passing noise types. For a jet aircraft flyby, the performance of active attenuation with the window fully opened was similar to that of passive insulation with fully closed windows. In the case of low-frequency compressor noise, active attenuation's performance was significantly better than the passive insulation. Overall, between 8 dB and 12 dB of active attenuation was achieved directly in front of the window opening, and up to 10.5 dB of attenuation was achieved across the entire room.
ISSN: 2076-3417
DOI: 10.3390/app10196817
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s). Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution(CC BY) license (
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