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Title: Airborne noise reduction of agricultural tractor cabs
Author: Graham, Neil Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0001 3510 1440
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1974
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This thesis is concerned with the airborne noise reduction of agricultural tractor cabs. The characteristics of the noise radiated from a non-cab-equipped tractor have been evaluated and used in conjunction with the classical theories of airborne sound transmission loss to predict the airborne noise reductions of tractor cabs. An experimental cab has beep constructed and used to evaluate these predictions. The theoretical and experimental airborne noise reductions do not show a good agreement. This has been shown to be due to two ressons. Firstly, there are anomalies in the classical airborne sound transmission loss theory whereby the theoretical and experimental sound transmission loss spectra do not show good agreement. Secondly, one-dimensional standing wave resonances in the cab cavity have been shown to give rise to an irregular plateau in the experimental airborne noise reduction spectra. Anomalies have been shown to exist between airborne sound transmission loss theory and reverberant room transmission loss measurements. These have arisen because the theory has not hitherto considered panel flexure. Modifications have been introduced which take account of panel flexure and these show that the dependence of classical theory on the angle of incident excitation is false and angular dependence occurs on the transmitted side of the panel, giving rise to a coincidence effect on the transmitted side which is independent of the angle of incidence. These modifications give rise to complete qualitative explanation of the shape of empirical airborne sound transmission loss spectra. Quantitative modifications have not been introduced because of lack of information regarding the angular nature of the transmitted waves.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Massey Ferguson Manufacturing Co.
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics