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Engineering Noise Control

Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition

By David A. Bies, Colin H. Hansen

CRC Press – 2010 – 748 pages

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The practice of engineering noise control demands a solid understanding of the fundamentals of acoustics, the practical application of current noise control technology and the underlying theoretical concepts. This fully revised and updated fourth edition provides a comprehensive explanation of these key areas clearly, yet without oversimplification. Written by experts in their field, the practical focus echoes advances in the discipline, reflected in the fourth edition’s new material, including:

  • completely updated coverage of sound transmission loss, mufflers and exhaust stack directivity
  • a new chapter on practical numerical acoustics
  • thorough explanation of the latest instruments for measurements and analysis.

Essential reading for advanced students or those already well versed in the art and science of noise control, this distinctive text can be used to solve real world problems encountered by noise and vibration consultants as well as engineers and occupational hygienists.


If you don’t already have Bies and Hansen and you work in the field of noise control then this should be high on your list of purchases.

—Noise Control Engineering Journal


Fundamentals and Basic Terminology


Noise-Control Strategies

Acoustic Field Variables

Wave Equations

Mean Square Quantities

Energy Density

Sound Density

Sound Power



Combining Sound Pressures


Flow Resistance

The Human Ear

Brief Description of the Ear

Mechanical Properties of the Central Partition

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Subjective Response to Sound Pressure Level

Instrumentation for Noise Measurement and Analysis


Weighting Networks

Sound Level Meters

Classes of Sound Level Meter

Sound Level Meter Calibration

Noise Measurements Using Sound Level Meters

Time-Varying Sound

Noise Level Measurement

Data Loggers

Personal Sound Exposure Meter

Recording of Noise

Spectrum Analysers

Intensity Meter

Energy Density Sensors

Sound Source Localization



Hearing Loss

Hearing Damage Risk

Hearing Damage Risk Criteria

Implementing a Hearing Conservation Program

Speech Interference Criteria

Psychological Effects of Noise

Ambient Noise Level Specification

Environmental Noise Level Criteria

Environmental Noise Level Surveys

Sound Sources and Outdoor Sound Propagation


Simple Source

Dipole Source

Quadruple Source (Far-Field Approximation)

Line Source

Piston in an Infinite Baffle

Incoherent Plane Radiator


Reflection Effects

Reflection and Transmission at a Plane/Two Media Interface

Sound Propagation Outdoors, General Concepts

Sound Power, its Use and Measurement


Radiation Impedance

Relation between Sound Power and Sound Pressure

Radiation Field of a Sound Source

Determination of Sound Power Using Intensity Measurements

Determination of Sound Power Using Surface Vibration Measurements

Some Uses of Sound Power Information

Sound in Enclosed Spaces


Low Frequencies

Bound between Low-Frequency and High-Frequency Behavior

High Frequencies, Statistical Analysis

Transit Response

Porous Sound Absorbers

Panel Sound Absorbers

Flat and Long Rooms

Applications of Sound Absorption

Auditorium Design

Partitions, Enclosures and Barriers


Sound Transmission through Partitions

Noise Reduction vs Transmission Loss



Pipe Lagging

Muffling Devices


Measures of Performance

Diffusers as Muffling Devices

Classification of Muffling Devices

Acoustic Impedance

Lumped Element Devices

Reactive Devices

Lined Ducts

Duct Bends or Elbows

Unlined Ducts

Effect of Duct End Reflections

Duct Break-Out Noise

Line Plenum Attenuator

Water Injection

Directivity of Exhaust Duct

Vibration Control


Vibration Isolation

Types of Isolators

Vibration Absorbers

Vibration Neutralizers

Vibration Measurement

Damping of Vibrating Surfaces

Measurement of Damping

Sound Power and Sound Pressure Level Estimation Procedures


Fan Noise

Air Compressors

Compressors for Chillers and Refrigeration Units

Cooling Towers



Control Valves

Pipe Flow



Diesel and Gas-Driven Engines

Furnace Noise

Electric Motors




Transportation Noise

Practical Numerical Acoustics


Low-Frequency Region

High-Frequency Region: Statistical Energy ANalysis

Author Bio

David A. Bies is now retired having served as a Reader and then Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide’s School of Mechanical Engineering. He is an expert and widely published acoustics physicist who has also worked as a senior consultant in industry.

Colin H. Hansen is Professor and Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. With a wealth of experience in consulting, research and teaching in acoustics, he has authored numerous books, journal articles and conference proceedings on the topic.

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