On the acoustic performance of a precast panel system made from environmentally sustainable concrete : application in sports hall buildings
Rajagopalan, Priya and Leung, Tony C.Y. 2013, On the acoustic performance of a precast panel system made from environmentally sustainable concrete : application in sports hall buildings, Architectural science review, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 118-130, doi: 10.1080/00038628.2013.772502.
The use of green building materials and products promotes conservation of non-renewable resources and help reduce associated environmental impacts. This article reports the acoustical performance of a precast panel system made largely from concrete waste material. Two major applications for such panels that are being investigated currently include walls and claddings to industrial and commercial buildings and sound barriers for urban freeways. In this study, the application of the concrete panels for optimizing reverberation time (RT) in sports halls is tested using numerical simulations. As an innovative approach, additional layers are added to the precast panels to improve their appearance. The absorption coefficients of the concrete panel improved significantly with the architectural finish. The material can be tuned according to the required peak frequency. The architectural finish helped reduce the RT for frequencies above 500 Hz. Its application to different types of ceilings revealed that the RT of curved ceiling reduced up to 40% compared to flat and hybrid ceiling. A comparison of wall and ceiling modifications in small, medium and large sports halls showed that medium-sized halls have better acoustical performance compared with small and large halls with ceiling as well as wall treatment.
Field of Research
120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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