Acoustical planning tools for pipe systems and mounting elements


In the field of building construction, there is a growing social interest in sustainable building and living. Sustainability in construction also means guaranteeing appropriate acoustic conditions, not only today but over a long period of use. This presupposes that the acoustic comfort level is planned and realized today in such a way that it will also meet future requirements and needs of the society. Piping systems are an integral part of buildings, for which the required sound engineering planning tools and suitable products are to be developed.

Research question

The innovation of the project is a method-based, consistent description of the acoustic processes from the exciting source (piping system), the transmission in the building, to the impact on the occupant. The characterization of water-carrying pipe systems as structure-borne sound sources includes solutions generally required for complex sources of structure-borne sound for extended sources with multiple connections to multiple components and steady-state and transient time structure. The characterization of mounting elements, involving isolation measures, in such a complex transmission system is new field, as well as the prediction of the sound transmission in the building, considering the difficulties mentioned, especially the transient time structure and the assessment of the noise effect on occupants. The transfer of scientific solutions to the engineering level requires simplifications that lead to acceptable solutions in a wide range of application.

Scientific approach and methods

First, the source is characterized acoustically. For this purpose, measurements are carried out in a building-like test facility and on a reception plate test rig. From this a prediction model is derived and validated. From the knowledge gained, measures for improvement of the fastening elements will be developed and tested. In order to quantify the benefit of such improvements, the psychoacoustical effect of the generated noise on the occupants is examined.

Targeted results

The aim of the work is to predict the noise caused by water-carrying pipe systems. In addition to the purely physical evaluation, the subjective effect on the occupants is also to be predicted. For both targets important parameters must be developed that are suitable for characterizing the acoustical properties.

ManagementProf. Dr. Berndt Zeitler
PartnersFischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research
ProgrammeForschung an Fachhochschulen
Call for proposalForschung an Fachhochschulen in Kooperation mit Unternehmen (FH-Kooperativ)
Duration01.03.2022 - 28.02.2026


Name and position Field Email and phone Room
Professor, Member of IAF Directorium Building Physics +49 711 8926 2507 7/104
Academic staff member / Acoustics Group Centre for Acoustic and thermal building physics / Department B / Building Physics +49 711 8926 2416 7/112
Akademischer Mitarbeiter / Akustikgruppe Zentrum für akustische und thermische Bauphysik (ZfB) / Fakultät B / BA Bauphysik / MA Gebäudephysik +49 711 8926 2881 7/115
Akademischer Mitarbeiter / Akustikgruppe Zentrum für akustische und thermische Bauphysik (ZfB) / Fakultät B / BA Bauphysik / MA Gebäudephysik +49 711 8926 2866 7/112