Psychoacoustic aspects of noise from wind turbines

Hugo Fastl, Daniel Menzel

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Abstract

Wind turbines play an important role in the present discussions on sustainable generation of energy. However, sometimes the noise produced is regarded as a serious drawback. Therefore, in a pilot study some psychoacoustic aspects of noise from wind turbines were investigated. The dependence of annoyance ratings on level and fluctuation of the digitally processed sounds was assessed in a laboratory setting. Moreover, in order to get some ideas about possible audio-visual interactions, in addition to the sounds also videos of a moving wind turbine at different distances were presented. Results show that, as expected, annoyance ratings were correlated with level and, to some degree, with fluctuation, but only three of thirteen subjects showed signs of audio-visual interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2013, INTER-NOISE 2013
Subtitle of host publicationNoise Control for Quality of Life
PublisherOAL-Osterreichischer Arbeitsring fur Larmbekampfung
Pages5506-5511
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781632662675
StatePublished - 2013
Event42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2013: Noise Control for Quality of Life, INTER-NOISE 2013 - Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: 15 Sep 201318 Sep 2013

Publication series

Name42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2013, INTER-NOISE 2013: Noise Control for Quality of Life
Volume7

Conference

Conference42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2013: Noise Control for Quality of Life, INTER-NOISE 2013
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityInnsbruck
Period15/09/1318/09/13

Keywords

  • Audio-visual interactions
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Wind turbines

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