Architectural Acoustics presents a comprehensive technical overview of the field at a level suitable for working practitioners as well as advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate architecture or engineering course. The book is structured as a logical progression through acoustic interactions. Beginning with an architectural history, it reviews the fundamentals of acoustics, human perception and reaction to sound, acoustic noise measurements and noise metrics, and environmental noise. It then moves into wave acoustics, sound and solid surfaces, sound in enclosed spaces, sound transmission loss, sound transmission in buildings, vibration and vibration isolation, noise transmission in floor systems, noise in mechanical systems, and sound attenuation in ducts. Chapters on specific design problems follow including treatment of multifamily dwellings, office buildings, rooms for speech, sound reinforcement systems, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, and studios and listening rooms. While providing a thorough overview of acoustics, it also includes the theory of loudspeaker systems and sound system modeling as well as an in-depth presentation of computer modeling, ray tracing and auralization. It will be particularly beneficial for architects and engineers working in fields where speech intelligibility, music appreciation, and noise isolation are critical.
With engineering degrees from Princeton and UCLA, Dr. Marshall Long has been engaged, since 1971, in acoustical engineering consulting, as principal of the firm he founded. Over the past thirty years, he has been involved in more than 2,500 projects in architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, environmental impact assessment, and sound reinforcement design. He has taught acoustical engineering at UCLA and Southern California Institute of Architecture and published numerous papers and articles in the field of acoustics. He enjoys competitive sailing including six Transpacs, holds a fourth degree Black Belt in Judo, and coaches AYSO Soccer. He lives with his wife and three sons in Sherman Oaks, California.
·The latest thinking on computer room modeling, using acoustical ray tracing and auralization, is important to the design of critical listening spaces.
·Figures illustrate not only the technical theory but also the practical applications. They provide guidance in the implementation of the design ideas in real structures.
·The author’s 30+ years of experience as a consultant in the field brings a vast knowledge of solutions to difficult problems to the text.
·Foundations of Engineering Acoustics, by Frank Fahy, 0-12-247665-4.
·The Dictionary of Acoustics, by Christopher Morfey, 0-12-506940-5.