Understanding sound and environmental noise to optimize acoustics in the built environment
Building Acoustics (BA) is the acoustics research group of the Building Physics and Services (BPS) unit at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The group strives to contribute to the reduction of adverse health effects caused by human induced noise, and to promote positively perceived sound environments. Research revolves around the continuous development of computational acoustics and experimental acoustic methods. These quantify the influence of the built environment on the propagation of sound from the sources to our ears.
The aim is to support fundamental research on the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the production, propagation and perception of sound in the built environment. Researchers and designers are provided with tools to integrate and optimize acoustics for a sustainable (re)design of the built environment and the technical innovations in it. The research connects to the TU/e strategic areas health and smart mobility.
Research revolves around three key areas, each divided into several fields.
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Human echolocators adjust loudness and number of clicks for detection of reflectors at various azimuth anglesProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018)
Human ability to judge relative size and lateral position of a sound reflecting board using click signals: influence of source position and click propertiesActa Acustica united with Acustica (2018)
Modelling and optimization of the sound absorption of wood-wool cement boardsApplied Acoustics (2018)
Steps towards an acoustical intervention in a nursing home for the benefit of residents and staff: A case studyGerontechnology (2017)
Why orchestral musicians are bound to wear earplugs: About the ineffectiveness of physical measures to reduce sound exposureJournal of the Acoustical Society of America (2017)