Towards better predictions of theatre chair absorption using the perimeter-to-area method

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2013.07.010
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TypeArticle
Journal titleApplied Acoustics
ISSN0003-682X
Volume76
Pages119127; # of pages: 9
SubjectAbsorption co-efficient; Measurements of; Perimeter to areas; Regression lines; Reverberation chambers; Scale modeling; Theatre chairs; Forecasting; Regression analysis; Reverberation; Theaters
AbstractThe present study investigated factors influencing the precision of the perimeter-to-area (P/A) method for predicting the absorption coefficients of theatre chairs in an auditorium, and proposes guidelines for obtaining more precise predictions. Regression lines were fitted to measurements of the absorption coefficients of blocks of theatre chairs with a range of P/A ratios obtained in full scale and scale model reverberation chambers. The choice of numbers of samples, and sample P/A ratios, influenced the precision of regression lines. Samples should be chosen to include a wide range of P/A values, but should not include cases with only 1 row or only 1 chair in each row of sample blocks of chairs. Including a row space in front of the first row of each block of chairs, when calculating sample perimeters and areas, is more likely to lead to more precise predictions than excluding it. The precision of regression lines was also seen to vary with the type of chair such that low absorption chairs and high absorption chairs tended to have less precise regression results. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); NRC Institute for Research in Construction (IRC-IRC)
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NPARC number21270796
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