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Acoustic and Noise Control (Research)

Heriot-Watt University
4 years
Doctorate / PhD
On campus
Edinburgh
English
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Program description

Research in this theme aims to integrate engineering and perceptual approaches to the solution of acoustic problems in the built environment.

Studies have shown that engineering noise control solutions are not sufficient for dealing with today’s acoustical challenges, as multiple factors affect sound and its perception. The research focus of the acoustics theme is therefore in line with the broader soundscape approach, which relies on both physical characteristics and mental perception of the aural environment. Soundscape research is multidisciplinary by nature, as it combines engineering and social science methodologies, in view of developing qualitative solutions aimed at improving quality of life and comfort. An example of research recently carried out is given by the acoustical and perceptual analysis of water generated sounds for road traffic noise masking.

Alongside soundscape research, we have expertise in sound transmission through buildings and, in particular, mathematical models which can predict the performance of entire buildings, as well as classroom acoustics and hospital noise research. Our main areas of interest include:

Soundscapes of the Built Environment
Environmental Noise
Building Acoustics
Room Acoustics

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Heriot-Watt has 4 campuses

Heriot-Watt University focuses on the industrial and business world. It is ranked as a top institution known for its excellence in research. The University is the UK's eighth oldest university, and began as an art school in Edinburgh in 1821...


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Heriot-Watt University

Boundary Road N
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Scotland

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