Support with acoustic measurements and listening tests


Minimum requirements for noise protection in construction are predominantly determined by single number values. Since construction methods change regularly and noise protection against "new" sources must also be ensured, people's perception of noise must also be examined again and again. These investigations are carried out with so-called subjective listening tests and can lead to new design values and minimum requirements. In this project, first the software and hardware as well as the premises for subjective listening tests will be modified and implemented. Furthermore, listening tests for the assessment of noise events will be conducted and analysed. These results will be compared with results from the partner research institution, National Research Council Canada (NRC).

Research questions

  1. Do Stuttgart residents perceive impact noise from ceilings similarly to Canadian and South Korean citizens?
  2. Which outdoor noise sources are most annoying for residents indoors?
  3. Can indoor events be used for hearing tests by third-octave filtering of outdoor events?

Scientific approach and methods

  • Matlab source code from NRC for the impact sound tests is adapted for the German language and existing hardware (headphones / AD/DA converter / computer).
  • Listening test system is calibrated and hearing tests are performed and analysed to answer question 1.
  • Source code is rewritten to be able to perform listening tests from measured indoor sounds.
  • Listening tests are performed and analysed in response to question 2.
  • Indoor sounds are generated by third-octave filtering of outdoor sounds.
  • Listening tests are carried out and analysed to answer question 3. If the answer to the question is positive, indoor sounds can be simulated by third-octave filtering. This means that the characteristics of the sources and the facades are recorded separately and simply all combinations can be simulated to build a much larger database.

Targeted results

In addition to the results of the above-mentioned questions, this will expand the competence in listening tests at HFT Stuttgart. In this way, even closer cooperation with the research group of business psychologists on the topic of human judgement could be sought.

Furthermore, this competence can be applied to other ongoing projects (noise protection in ground floors, DiaOpt4iCity, SPlanRob) and new projects in which the assessment of sounds is important.

ManagementProf. Dr.-Ing. Berndt Zeitler
PartnerNational Research Council Canada
Grant No.P2022-10-008
FundingCarl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss foundation)
Programme CZS Special Fund Ukraine
Call for proposalAuxiliaris



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