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ANSI/ASA S12.54/ISO 3744

2011 Edition, March 1, 2011

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American National Standard Acoustics - Determination of sound power levels and sound energy levels of noise sources using sound pressure - Engineering methods for an essentially free field over a reflecting plane - Nationally Adopted International Standards

Includes all amendments and changes through Reaffirmation Notice , February 25, 2016

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  • Revision: 2011 Edition, March 1, 2011
  • Published Date: February 25, 2016
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • Page Count: 100
  • ANSI Approved: Yes
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This American National Standard specifies methods for determining the sound power level or sound energy level of a noise source from sound pressure levels measured on a surface enveloping the noise source (machinery or equipment) in an environment that approximates to an acoustic free field near one or more reflecting planes. The sound power level (or, in the case of noise bursts or transient noise emission, the sound energy level) produced by the noise source, in frequency bands or with A-weighting applied, is calculated using those measurements.

NOTE Differently shaped measurement surfaces can yield differing estimates of the sound power level of a given noise source and an appropriately drafted noise test code (see ISO 12001) gives detailed information on the selection of the surface.

Types of noise and noise sources

The methods specified in this American National Standard are suitable for all types of noise (steady, nonsteady, fluctuating, isolated bursts of sound energy, etc.) defined in ISO 12001.

This American National Standard is applicable to all types and sizes of noise source (e.g. stationary or slowly moving plant, installation, machine, component or sub-assembly), provided the conditions for the measurements can be met.

NOTE It is possible that the conditions for measurements given in this American National Standard are impracticable for very tall or very long sources such as chimneys, ducts, conveyors and multi-source industrial plants. A noise test code for the determination of noise emission of specific sources can provide alternative methods in such cases. 

Test environment

The test environments that are applicable for measurements made in accordance with this American National Standard can be located indoors or outdoors, with one or more sound-reflecting planes present on or near which the noise source under test is mounted. The ideal environment is a completely open space with no bounding or reflecting surfaces other than the reflecting plane(s) (such as that provided by a qualified hemi-anechoic chamber), but procedures are given for applying corrections (within limits that are specified) in the case of environments that are less than ideal.

Measurement uncertainty

Information is given on the uncertainty of the sound power levels and sound energy levels determined in accordance with this American National Standard, for measurements made in limited bands of frequency and with frequency A-weighting applied. The uncertainty conforms to ISO 12001:1996, accuracy grade 2 (engineering grade).