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Community reaction to railway vibration at different times of the day

Peris, E, Woodcock, J, Sica, G, Moorhouse, AT and Waddington, DC 2011, Community reaction to railway vibration at different times of the day , in: 10th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem (ICBEN) 2011, London, UK, 25-29 July 2011, London.

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    Abstract

    A number of studies have shown different sensitivities to noise exposure for day, evening and night, in particular for railway and air traffic. Lden has been accepted as a good indicator for predicting noise annoyance. In the same way, time of day is considered here as a factor affecting the impact of vibration in communities as measured by annoyance. The current British Standard BS 6472-1:2008 recommends using the Vibration Dose Value (VDV) as a vibration descriptor. VDV takes into account the number of events and their duration, and recommends limit values for day and night levels. However, there are no penalties applied in its calculation for different times of the day. This paper presents data from case studies (N=931) comprised of face-to-face interviews and internal measurements of vibration exposure. The aim of the present paper is to identify the times of day during which vibration causes the greatest annoyance, to measure the differences between annoyance responses for different time periods, and to obtain estimates of the values of the time-of-day penalties. In addition, information about nighttime responses (annoyance and sleeping disturbance) is presented. This work will be of interest to policy makers and environmental health practitioners involved in the assessment of vibration complaints, as well as to planners and acoustic consultants involved in the design of buildings. [Work funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) UK].

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: DC Waddington
    Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 09:56
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:18
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19131

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