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Date of Award
MS in Architecture
Noise can be defined as unwanted sound. There are many cases and applications that reducing noise level is of great importance. Loss of hearing is only one of the effects of continuous exposure to excessive noise levels. Noise can interfere with sleep and speech, and cause discomfort and other non-auditory effects. High level noise and vibration lead to structural failures as well as reduction in life span. The importance of noise issue could be well understood by looking at regulations that have been passed by governments to restrict noise production in society. Industrial machinery, air/surface transportation and construction activities are main contributors in noise production or "noise pollution". Noise Pollution is not only an annoyance; it is an environmental health hazard. Noise can be found anywhere that life exists, in forests, in the workplace, in homes acrossAmericaand even under water. A lot of research has been done about noise pollution in the last 40 years, but yet there is still more to learn about how to control and lessen the affects that noise has on human and animal life. Noise control is a major factor in the planning, design, and construction of transportation corridors. Architects, acoustical engineers and transportation planners are searching for creative ways to eliminate or greatly reduce noise levels. The challenge lies in attaining desired sound levels while simultaneously maintaining or enhancing the visual environment. I will be setting up an experiment to determine what kinds of materials absorb sound waves of varying frequencies most effectively.