In this thesis, a discussion on the effectiveness of acoustic design in public spaces is made. The auditory properties of a location have noteworthy implications on the success of a building's design and how a room is perceived. Depending on the requirements of each location, either a reverberant or sound-absorbing approach is best suited for the environment. Moreover, public health is negatively affected by long-term involuntary noise exposure. Because of this, there is an obvious demand for continued and expanded study in acoustic design. This thesis aims to challenge interior design choices made in four testing locations: a classroom, a musical practice room, an ambient performance space, and an office. Reverberation time is tested at each site using both a Digital Sound Level Meter application (Decibel X) and a 732A Digital Sound Level Meter paired with a series of external source sounds at set testing frequencies. Depending on the results of each trial, an evaluation of possible improvements to each location's aural properties is made.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Jirgens, Jana V., "Effectiveness of Acoustic Design in Public Spaces" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1367.