Finding Acoustical Weak Points in Room Dividing Modular Walls

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A conference hotel in Norway is using modular walls to divide large halls into several smaller conference rooms. The rooms are divided by modular walls that provide several different opportunities for subdivision and multipurpose use of the large area spaces.

When measuring the sound insulation between adjacent rooms through the modular walls, the resulting value was found to be too low, and noise from one conference room could possibly disturb listeners at adjacent rooms.  The dividing modular walls cover large areas, and are as high as 7 meters from bottom to top, which makes intensity measurements with handheld sound level meters difficult.  The room dividers could have several weak points, which were not easily identifiable.  It was thought that identifying and fixing the weak points in the individual modular walls would help increase the overall sound insulation capabilities of the entire wall element.

Nor848A-0.4 measurements were performed, and the acoustic camera was able to locate several weak spots on the walls even though the range where differences could be discovered were for certain areas below 0.05 dB.

The virtual microphone of the Nor848A-0.4 was very helpful during live measurements whereby you can scan and listen to the desired spots in the image, and also filter the listening function to desired frequency range.  This made it possible to scan along edges and hear differences in frequency from different points.  A change in frequency may indicate a sound leakage.  Also by using the spectrogram function to get a visual representation of the spectrum of frequencies as they varied with time, one could further indicate a leakage at various parts of the walls.

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