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2010 Edition, October 6, 2010

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American National Standard Acoustics - Measurement of Airborne Noise Emitted by Information Technology and Telecommunications Equipment - Part 1: Determination of Sound Power Level and Emission Sound Pressure Level

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  • Revision: 2010 Edition, October 6, 2010
  • Published Date: October 6, 2010
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • Page Count: 76
  • ANSI Approved: Yes
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This American National Standard specifies procedures for measuring and reporting the noise emission of information technology and telecommunications equipment. This Standard is considered part of a noise test code for this type of equipment and is based on basic noise emission standards ANSI/ASA S12.51 / ISO 3741, ANSI/ASA S12.54 / ISO 3744, ANSI/ASA S12.55 / ISO 3745 and ISO 11201. The basic emission quantity is the A-weighted sound power level which may be used for comparing equipment of the same type but from different manufacturers, or for comparing different equipment.

Three basic noise emission standards for determining the sound power levels are specified in this American National Standard in order to avoid undue restriction on existing facilities and experience. The first basic standard (ANSI/ASA S12.51 / ISO 3741) specifies comparison measurements in a reverberation test room; the other two (ANSI/ASA S12.54 / ISO 3744 and ANSI/ASA S12.55 / ISO 3745) specify measurements in an essentially free field over a reflecting plane. Any one of these three basic noise emission standards may be selected and shall then be used exclusively according to this Standard when determining sound power levels of a machine.

The A-weighted sound power level is supplemented by the A-weighted emission sound pressure level determined at the operator position(s) or the bystander positions, based on the basic noise emission standard ISO 11201. This sound pressure level is not a worker's immission rating level, but it may assist in identifying any potential problems that could cause annoyance, activity interference, or hearing damage to operators and bystanders.

Methods for determining whether the noise emission includes prominent discrete tones or is impulsive in character are specified in Annexes D and E, respectively.

This Standard is suitable for type tests and provides methods for manufacturers and testing laboratories to obtain comparable results.

The methods specified in this Standard allow the determination of noise emission levels for a unit tested individually.

The procedures may be applied to equipment which emits broad-band noise, narrow-band noise and noise which contains discrete-frequency components, or impulsive noise.

The sound power and emission sound pressure levels obtained may serve noise emission declaration and comparison purposes (see ECMA-109). They are not to be considered as installation noise immission levels; however, they may be used for installation planning (see ECMA TR/27).

If sound power levels obtained are determined for a number of units of the same production series, they can be used to determine a statistical value for that production series (see ECMA-109).