Upgrading a Large Reverberation Room to Meet AHRI 220 2017-01-1896
A large reverberation room of approximately 310 m3 (11,000 ft3) used in the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration industry, was in need of improvements to meet the updated requirements of the American Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 220. In addition, it was desired to extend the measurement qualification of the room down to the 63 Hz octave band. The initial qualification test results showed that the room did not qualify for the extended low frequency range and also had some irregularities in the 100 Hz third octave band. This paper reports the results of a three-part investigation to correct reverberation room response irregularities in the 100 Hz third octave band, to establish performance that qualifies relative to the most recent standard, and to determine and integrate the means by which its qualification could be extended down to the frequency bands of 50, 63, and 80Hz.