Quantifying the double slope effect in coupled volume room systems

David T. Bradley, Lily M. Wang

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Coupled volume spaces are typically defined as a main volume connected to an auxiliary volume through an acoustically transparent aperture. Given certain architectural parameters, coupled volumes can exhibit a non-exponential sound energy decay, referred to in this paper as double slope effect (DSE). This paper provides an overview and comparison of several quantifiers of DSE. Four numeric DSE quantifiers, T30/T15, LDT/EDT, Decay Ratio, and AdB were used to analyze the energy decays produced in a computational model of an existing coupled volume concert hall. Each quantifier's ability to indicate changes in DSE was determined through comparative analysis. LDT/EDT was found to differentiate most between the levels of DSE in the sample decay curves. T30/T15 was also able to demonstrate changes in DSE, although not with the same level of sensitivity as LDT/EDT. Decay Ratio and ÄdB as determined from Bayesian analysis results did not indicate any DSE across the four cases studied; further research is recommended on applying Bayesian analysis to decay curves from realistic coupled volume scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-123
Number of pages19
JournalBuilding Acoustics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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