Correlating Noise Sources Identified by Beamforming with Sound Power Measurements 2005-01-2510
Farfield beamforming is a powerful tool for identifying spatially distributed noise sources. The technique yields an image of the relative sound levels within the measurement aperture. The latest version of the beamforming software is now able to estimate the total power within its measurement aperture. In this work, the noise sources on three types of construction equipment are imaged with a beamforming array, while simultaneously the radiated sound powers are determined by a six-microphone hemisphere per ISO 6393 or ISO 6395. Of particular interest are: noise induced by turbulent flow at the exit of an exhaust stack, the effect of a noise reduction package in the engine compartment, and crawler track noise during motion. The absolute levels of the mapped source regions are compared with the total radiated sound power.