Requirements for drone operations to minimise community noise impact

Ramos Romero, CA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4795-4306, Green, N, Roberts, S, Clark, C and Torija Martinez, AJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5915-3736 2022, 'Requirements for drone operations to minimise community noise impact' , International Journal of environmental research and public health, 19 (15) .

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Abstract

The number of applications for drones under R&D have growth significantly during the 12 last few years, however the wider adoption of these technologies requires ensuring public trust and 13 acceptance. Noise has been identified as one of the key concerns for public acceptance. Although 14 substantial research has been carried out to better understand the sound source generation mecha- 15 nisms in drones, important questions remain about the requirements for operational procedures 16 and regulatory framework. An important issue is that drones operate within different airspace, 17 closer to communities than conventional aircraft, and that the noise produced is highly tonal and 18 contains a greater proportion of high-frequency broadband noise compared to typical aircraft noise. 19 This is likely to cause concern for exposed communities, due to impacts on public health and well- 20 being. This paper presents a modelling framework for setting recommendations for drone opera- 21 tions to minimise community noise impact. The modelling framework is based on specific noise 22 targets e.g., the guidelines at a receiver position defined by WHO for sleep quality inside a residen- 23 tial property. The main assumption is that the estimation of drone noise exposure indoors is highly 24 relevant to inform operational constraints to minimise noise annoyance and sleep disturbance. This 25 paper illustrates the applicability of the modelling framework with a case study, where the values 26 of maximum A-weighted sound pressure levels

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of environmental research and public health
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1661-7827
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: Dr Antonio J Torija Martinez
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2022 12:45
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2022 12:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/64472

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