Investigation of Correlation between Aircraft Interior Noise Levels and Residential Building Construction Details

06.13.2016 | J. Eric Cox |

In this 2016 study, HMMH Director of Aviation Gene Reindel and Senior Consultant Eric Cox have endeavored to develop a more efficient method for determining the eligibility of residences for airport sound insulation programs in adherence to FAA order 5100.38D Airport Improvement Program Handbook, Appendix R.  The intent of this study is to minimize the need to determine aircraft interior noise levels through measurements of building noise level reduction within 100% of homes, but rather test 10% to 30% of the units within each group to determine interior noise levels by category.

This paper explores the impact that a myriad of structural variables have on the perception of aircraft interior noise levels in residential buildings. Over the course of this study, Eric and Gene considered factors such as the architectural style, age and even window glazing characteristics of structures. These findings could have an impact on future materials science and engineering for both commercial and residential developments.

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J. Eric Cox, Senior aviation consultant, HMMH

J. Eric Cox

Senior Consultant

Eric has worked on numerous noise and vibration project experience across a wide array of market areas. He provides both leadership and support in in areas such as aviation, rail/transit, highway, wind energy, construction/architecture (quarries, construction sites and firing ranges), residential/institutional sound insulation and federal research programs. Eric has also developed expertise with a variety of noise and vibration instrumentation and measurement techniques, such as On Board Sound Intensity (OBSI) and wayside measurements of quiet pavements as well as wind turbine compliance monitoring and rail/transit vibration mitigation studies.

He has most recently been involved in several projects and research efforts to assist FAA and airports in standardizing the process to determine eligibility for AIP-funded sound insulation programs. Eric also has previous experience and ongoing involvement in the development of auralization tools for environmental noise assessments.

Eric holds a B.A. in Mathematics summa cum laude, from Berea College in Kentucky. He has also pursued graduate courses toward an M.S. in Applied Physics from Northern Illinois University.

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