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Acoustics Summary: Sound Insulation in Mid-Rise Wood Building

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue750
Year of Publication
2014
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Light Frame (Lumber+Panels)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Schoenwald, Stefan
Zeitler, Berndt
King, Frances
Sabourin, Ivan
Organization
National Research Council of Canada
Year of Publication
2014
Format
Report
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Light Frame (Lumber+Panels)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Design and Systems
Keywords
Mid-Rise
Sound Insulation
Impact Sound Transmission
Airborne Sound Transmission
Research Status
Complete
Summary
This report summarizes the acoustics research component regarding sound insulation of elements and systems for the research project on mid-rise and larger wood buildings. The summary outlines the background, main research considerations, research conducted and major outcomes. Further details of the design and the results can found in the appendix of Client Report A1-100035-02.1 [1]. The goal of the acoustics research components was to develop design solutions for mid-rise wood and wood-hybrid buildings that comply both with the current National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) 2010 [2] requirements for direct sound insulation and with the anticipated requirements for flanking sound transmission in the proposed, 2015 version of the NBCC. In addition, the design solutions were to provide better impact sound insulation while still achieving code compliance for all other disciplines (interdependencies) as identified in the final report of the scoping study conducted in FY 2010/2011 [3]
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Acoustic Testing of CLT and Glulam Floor Assemblies

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1863
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Author
Sabourin, Ivan
Organization
National Research Council of Canada
Publisher
Regupol America
Year of Publication
2016
Format
Report
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Keywords
Transmission Loss
Impact Sound Transmission
Impact Sound Pressure Level
Research Status
Complete
Series
Nordic Engineered Wood Report
Summary
This report contains the transmission loss (TL) results measured in accordance with ASTM E90-09 and the normalized impact sound pressure level (NISPL) results measured in accordance with ASTM E492-09 of 13 cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor assemblies and 5 glulam floor assemblies. The report also contains the nonstandard impact sound pressure level results measured on 6 different small patch specimens. Summary tables containing the specimen number, sketch, short description, the sound transmission class (STC) and impact isolation class (IIC) ratings, as well as, the page number of the detailed test reports are provided starting on page 5. A brief analysis of the floors tested as part of this test series is provided after the summary tables on page 9. The standard test reports of the tested floor assemblies begin on page 16. The floor assemblies were built and tested between January and April 2016.
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Airborne and impact sound performance of modern lightweight timber buildings in the Australian construction industry

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2948
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Jayalath, Amitha
Navaratnam, Satheeskumar
Gunawardena, Tharaka
Mendis, Priyan
Aye, Lu
Organization
The University of Melbourne
RMIT University
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Keywords
Impact Sound Transmission
Airborne Sound Transmission
Simulation
Research Status
Complete
Series
Case Studies in Construction Materials
Summary
Timber usage in the Australian construction industry has significantly increased due to its strength, aesthetic properties and extended allowances recently introduced in building codes. However, issues with acoustic performance of lightweight timber buildings were reported due to their inherit product variability and varying construction methods. This article reviews the recent literature on the transmissions of impact and airborne sounds, flanking transmission of timber buildings, and the state of computer prediction tools with reference to the Australian practice. An in-depth analysis of issues and an objective discussion related to acoustic performance of timber buildings are presented. Timber is a lightweight material and shows low airborne sound resistance in low frequency range. Attenuation of sound transmission with addition of mass, layer isolation, different products like cross-laminated timber and prefabrication are discussed. Challenges in measuring sound transmissions and reproducibility of results in low frequency ranges are discussed. Well-defined measurement protocols and refined computer simulation methods are required. The serviceability design criteria for modern lightweight timber applications in Australia need to be re-evaluated in the area of impact generated sound. Developing computer tools to predict airborne and impact sound transmission in lightweight timber buildings is quite challenging as several components such as timber members and complex connections with varying stiffnesses are non-homogeneous by nature. Further, there is a lack of experimentally validated and computationally efficient tools to predict the sound transmission in timber buildings. Computer prediction tools need to be developed with a focus on mid-frequency transmission over flanks and low-frequency transmission of timber and prefabricated buildings.
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Development of Robust Design Details for Improved Acoustics in Mass Timber Construction

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2249
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Organization
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Keywords
Model
Airborne Sound Transmission
Impact Sound Transmission
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Project contact is Sylvain Ménard at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Summary
To ensure the acoustic performance of wood constructions, the research group at the Sustainable Building Institute at Napier University has established a series of proven solutions. The advantage of this approach is to provide designers with solutions that have been technically validated, thus allowing them to overcome the burden of proposing to the manufacturer an acoustic solution. The tools to develop this concept will involve an understanding of the propagation of impact and airborne noises in the main CLT building design typologies, validating the main solutions through laboratory testing and providing proven solutions. Many NRC (National Research Council of Canada) trials could have been avoided. Conducting tests is expensive, and it would be interesting to link the test results to the modeling results.
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Model Calibration of Wooden Strucuture Assemblies - Using EMA and FEA

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1001
Year of Publication
2014
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Bolmsvik, Åsa
Linderholt, Andreas
Olsson, Jörgen
Year of Publication
2014
Format
Conference Paper
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Keywords
Finite Element Model
Experimental Modal Analysis
Impact Sound Transmission
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 10-14, 2014, Quebec City, Canada
Summary
To predict and, when needed to fulfil regularizations or other requirements, lower the impact sound transmission in light weight buildings prior to building, dynamically representative calculation models are needed. The material properties of commonly used building components have a documented spread in literature. Therefore, to validate the junction models, the dynamics of the actual assembly components have to be known. Here, the dynamic properties of a number of component candidates are measured using hammer excited vibrational tests. The spread of the properties of the components are hereby gained. Some of the components are selected to build up wooden assemblies which are evaluated first when they are screwed together and later when they are screwed and glued together. The focus is here on achieving representative finite element models of the junctions between the building parts composing the assemblies.
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