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Technology for a Quieter America - Subcommittee on Research and Development of Noise Control Technology


Project Scope:

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), in its role as an advisor to the nation on matters of engineering and technology policy, proposes to investigate the economic and quality-of-life benefits that might be realized through a more focused effort to control the negative effects of noise in the workplace, in communities, and in the home. The study will examine the existing and potential engineering solutions along with the policies that will help to develop and deploy solutions to these challenging problems. The task of this subcommittee is to assess the current state of the R&D infrastructure related to noise control and to make recommendations for the study committee to consider as part of the consensus report.

Currently, the community of engineers and scientists that are addressing various aspects of noise control and assessing the impacts of noise is a small and fragmented community. Practitioners often recognize that this fragmentation may result in "silos" of knowledge regarding highly specialized noise control applications and fields, but that there is little dissemination of that knowledge that could be highly applicable to other noise related challenges. Therefore, the scope of this study will be intentionally broad, such that the authoring committee can begin to see connections regarding how solutions within one specialty could be applied to ongoing challenges in another. The study committee will also be in a position to recommend mechanisms that could lead to greater cooperation and coordination among agencies and individuals that are stakeholders to the study.

The charge to the subcommittee members is to design and execute an information gathering workshop that brings together leading acoustics/noise control researchers from the fields of aerospace/aeroacoustics, archtectural/building acoustics, vehicle and transportation noise, consumer products, information technology, and machinery manufacturing to discuss the current state of research and development related to noise and acoustics. The goal will be to determine ways to possibly improve synergies and capabilities in these individual fields by better connecting the different fields. The information collected by this subcommittee will be presented to the study committee for consideration in preparing the final study report.

At the conclusion of this project, a consensus report will be issued that will:
- Summarize the current state of the practice of noise control engineering,
- Recommend how existing knowledge can address current challenges,
- Present a research and education agenda that will generate new knowledge in the field in areas that can provide the greatest benefit to society (employees and members of communities), and
- Recommend policies that agencies can develop in order to further improve the American soundscape.

The approximate starting date for this activity is October 15, 2006.

This project is funded by the National Academy of Engineering Fund.

Status: Current

PIN: NAEP-R-06-01-C

Project Duration (months): 30 month(s)

RSO: Reid, Proctor

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Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 06/13/2007

Richard H. Lyon - (Chair)
RH Lyon Corp.

Richard Lyon’s interests are within the fields of sound, vibration, and machine and structural dynamics. Most recently, he has worked in the engineering and psychoacoustical aspects of product sound, relating the desired aspects of the sound to the design of mechanical components and structure. The psychoacoustical part of this involves experimental design, testing methods, and data analysis. The engineering part involves dynamical analysis and simulation, experimental studies, and computation.

A second area is the transmission of acoustical energy within complex structures and to the surrounding fluid. I developed the method of Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) that treats vibratory energy as a form of thermal energy and takes advantage of this similarity to find simple relationships that help one predict and interpret the spatial distribution of the energy within a structure and the surrounding fluid. In recent years, this effort has been extended to an analysis of the phase of vibratory signals, called Statistical Phase Analysis (SPA), which has application to machine diagnostics and signal de-reverberation in telephony and other areas.

Lyon has also been active in developing new ways to analyze acoustic signals from machinery to diagnose events that are not readily handled by conventional methods. These involve highly transient vibrations that occur in reciprocating machinery due to impacts and transient forces among the components. This effort has required the application of certain signal processing techniques that, while known, had not been widely used for the purposes of machine diagnostics.

Krish K. Ahuja
Georgia Tech Research Institute

Dr. Ahuja has more than 25 years of research and development experience in noise research, acoustics facilities design, acoustic propagation, flow control, state-of-the-art instrumentation, advanced signal processing, and wave phenomenon in general. During his 13-year tenure with Lockheed Georgia Company in various capacities, including the head of the Aeroacoustics Research and acting manager of the Advanced Flight Sciences Department, he was the principal investigator or program manager on several successfully completed projects funded by Lockheed, the U.S. Air Force, and NASA. He joined the faculty of Georgia Institute of Technology as a Senior Faculty Research Leader and Professor of Aerospace Engineering in March 1989. His current research interests include innovative sensors for flow, acoustics, and seismic measurements, community noise, jet noise, acoustic liners, design of quiet wind tunnels and engine test cells, flow control, thermoacoustics, automobile noise, effect of noise on sleep, and innovative application of acoustics to the consumer market. While at Georgia Tech, he received the GTRI's 1990 Outstanding Performance in Research Award and the Georgia Tech-wide "Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activity Award" for 1991. In 1993, he received the prestigious AIAA Aeroacoustics Award. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named him Engineer of the Year for 2000. He is an AIAA Fellow as well as a GTRI Fellow. Dr. Ahuja is a former associate editor of the AIAA Journal and a former Chairman of the AIAA Aeroacoustics Technical Committee. He holds a number of patents in the field of acoustics, including one on a sensor to reduce background flow noise, one on quiet curtains, one on rapid charging of batteries by sound, and another on a high-temperature acoustic liner that uses sound-absorbing beads. Dr. Ahuja teaches graduate level classes at Georgia Tech in Aeroacoustics and Rocket Propulsion. He is also the manager of the Aerospace and Acoustics Technologies Branch in the Aerospace, Transportation, and Advanced System Laboratory. Dr. Ahuja has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications. He has appeared in Congressional hearings on noise and has taken part in a number of peer reviews of national programs in acoustics.
Paul R. Donovan
Illingworth & Rodkin, Inc.

Paul Donavan received his master and doctorate of science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. He began his professional career in environmental noise working in the Washington D.C. area at Wyle Laboratories and then at the National Bureau of Standards. In 1979, he moved to Michigan to work at General Motors— initially doing tire/pavement noise research. In his 20 years at the GM Noise and Vibration Laboratory, Donovan led vehicle noise control activities in the areas of tire, aerodynamic, and passby noise, and structureborne noise analysis. Since 2001, he has been at the acoustical consulting firm of Illingworth & Rodkin, Inc., in Petaluma, California, where he continues his work in tire/pavement noise and more general environmental noise.

He has been a member of the Acoustical Society of America since 1973 and is currently a member of the Noise Technical Committee. Paul is also a member of the Noise and Vibration Committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He served as president of INCE/USA in 2001. He is currently president-elect, and will serve again as INCE/USA president in 2006. Paul is also currently the I-INCE Vice-President Pan-America, and serves as Pan-American Editor for this magazine.

Gregory C. Tocci
Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc.

As President and founding partner of Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc., Mr. Tocci is responsible for both its technical and business activities. Mr. Tocci is active in several professional organizations, has served as an Invited Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is author of the Monsanto Acoustical Glazing Design Guide and papers published in various magazines and proceedings. Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, located in Sudbury, Massachusetts, was founded in 1975 by William Cavanaugh and Gregory Tocci to serve the growing need for technical expertise and consulting services in architectural, industrial, and environmental acoustics.

Mr. Tocci is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a past president of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, President of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and Associate Editor of the Noise Control Engineering Journal.

Richard F. Topping
RF Topping Consultants, LLC

Mr. Topping is launching R.F. Topping Consultants, LLC after a distinguished career as Vice President and Director of Arthur D. Little, Inc., and more recently as a Director of TIAX LLC. Mr. Topping concentrated his efforts at these technology development and consulting groups on the appliance, energy and HVAC Industries. He was responsible for managing internal intellectual property development for ADL's Technology and Innovation business with the goal of developing significant non-traditional revenues for the firm.

Through multiple activities as a leader of multidisciplinary design teams, Mr. Topping has experience in coordinating the development of products throughout the design, testing, prototyping and pilot production for the field testing of new energy saving equipment. Leadership responsibilities investigating automation for natural gas pipelines and other industries has provided experience in assessment of technology, defining cross-cutting concepts, and identifying technological and R&D gaps in the desired field of application.

Mr. Topping's early career exposure to gas turbine engine technologies provides excellent connections to other areas being considered by the subcommittee.

Events



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Richard Taber
Contact Email:  rtaber@nae.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1348

Agenda
June 11, 2008
8.00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8.30 a.m. Welcome to the Workshop. Description of Workshop Goals Richard H. Lyon

8.45 a.m. Summary of the CAETS Workshop, ISVR Southampton, June 2-4, 2008 George Maling and Krish Ahuja
- Aircraft noise
- Surface transportation noise
- Rail transportation noise
9.15 a.m. Aerospace Noise Control Technology (NASA, FAA, JPDO, NGATS) Joseph Posey – NASA Langley
Other speakers TBA

10.00 a.m. Break

10.30 a.m. Road Transportation Noise Control Technology
Doug Moore
Other speakers TBA
11.15 a.m. Rail Transportation Noise Control Technology
Carl Hanson
12.00 noon Lunch
1.00 p.m. Building Acoustics: Sound Absorptive Materials, Damping Materials and Noise Transmission
Stuart Bolton

2.00 p.m. Industrial and Consumer Product Noise Control Technology
Loren DeVries
Mike Lucas

3.00 p.m. Signal Processing
Challenges in testing/quantifying sound levels and sound quality. Sensors and signal processing. Data gathering/measurement/ processing
Patricia Davies
William Saunders
Earl Williams

4.00 p.m. Opportunities to Bridge Between Silos of Knowledge
GROUP DISCUSSION
5.00 p.m. Adjourn




June 12, 2008

8.00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8.30 a.m. Computational tools for design and noise control. What is used? Which fields utilize the available tools? Which fields could benefit from greater use? CAD/CAE procedures. Modeling and dynamics. Modal analysis. Statistical energy analysis. How do we get sophisticated (and expensive) programs such CFD programs into the hands of low-budget product designers?
Casey Burley
Christopher Tam

9.50 a.m. Break

10.20 a.m. Can the SBIR/STTR programs be a model for advancing noise control research and development?
Richard H. Lyon

10.30 a.m. Current Topics in Government and University Noise Control Research
Rajendra Singh
Patricia Davies


12.00 noon Lunch

1.00 p.m. European and Asian Research on Noise Control
Paul Donavan
Stuart Bolton
George Maling

2.00 p.m. Breakouts led by subcommittee members - key sector leaders to define the major areas of activity and “gaps” that exist in their field.

3.15 p.m. BREAK

3.30 p.m. Group Discussion Workshop Wrapup and Conclusions

4.30 p.m. Adjourn
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference of Workshop Organizing Subcommittee
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Richard Taber
Contact Email:  rtaber@nae.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1348

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Richard Lyon
Krishna Ahuja
Paul Donavan
Gregory Tocci
Richard Topping

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

- Workshop structure and balance of sectors
- Strategy for accumulating viewpoints of aeroacoustics R&D community prior to workshop (this is the largest community of noise control R&D).


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 13, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference of Workshop Organizing Subcommittee
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Richard Taber
Contact Email:  rtaber@nae.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1348

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Richard Lyon
Krishna Ahuja
Paul Donavan
Gregory Tocci
Richard Topping

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

- Literature Review
- Workshop structure (2.5 days in length)
- How to balance the input of different sectors that have different levels of R&D activity(funding)
- Workshop dates of October or November

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 13, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference of Workshop Organizing Subcommittee
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Richard Taber
Contact Email:  rtaber@nae.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1348

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Richard Lyon
Krishna Ahuja
Paul Donavan
Gregory Tocci


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

- Literature Review
- Workshop structure development - identifying sectoral groups and individuals whose views should be included
- Length of workshop, dates, and location of workshop

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 13, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference of Workshop Organizing Subcommittee
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Richard Taber
Contact Email:  rtaber@nae.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1348

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Richard Lyon
Krishna Ahuja
Paul Donavan
Gregory Tocci
Richard Topping

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

- Strategy for conducting a literature review and report document
- General structure of proposed workshop
- Identification of sectors and organizations for participation in workshop.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 13, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference of Workshop Organizing Subcommittee
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Richard Taber
Contact Email:  rtaber@nae.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1348

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Richard Lyon
Krishna Ahuja
Paul Donavan
Gregory Tocci
Richard Topping

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

- Discussion of Bias and Conflict of Interest
- Overview of the Technology for a Quieter America
- Charge to the Subcommittee as an information gathering group for the study committee

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

- Technology for a Quieter America Proposal
- Meeting notes from Study Committee's 05/01-02/2006 meeting.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 13, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

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