The measurement of structure-borne sound transmission using impulsive sources

R. J M Craik

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    A simple method to measure structure-borne sound transmission is described. Measurement is made of the level difference in the acceleration between two structural elements using a plastic headed hammer as a noise source. The method is at least as accurate as conventional measurements made under steady-state conditions using continuous noise sources and can be carried out with less instrumentation on site and in about a tenth of the time. The portability of the source greatly simplifies the measurements as a hammer can be used to hit structures in a wide variety of positions whereas shakers can only be used in limited situations. In addition, attaching a shaker to a wall can damage the wall surface whereas, with care, a hammer hit will not. © 1982.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)355-361
    Number of pages7
    JournalApplied Acoustics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 1982


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