Human perception of whole body vibrations is investigated in this laboratory. Basic measurements, like perception thresholds and just noticeable differences, and the impact on the comfort are evaluated.
The depicted car environment simulator is used to reproduce the noise and vibration occurring in vehicles which are rated by subjects.
The acoustics group operates three soundproof cabins that are routinely used for headphone-based listening tests and the editing of sound signals.
The investigation of human sound perception (e.g. the determination of equal level loudness contours) at low frequencies requires high sound pressure level that cannot be obtained in a large anechoic chamber with reasonable sized loudspeakers. Therefore, a small room excited by two 18" loudspeakers is used to reproduce low frequency sound down to a few Hertz. The room has a very low background noise level of about 21 dB(A) and an average reverberation time of 0.2 seconds.
Besides multiple state-of-the-art audio interfaces also mobile multichannel measurement systems for sound and vibration data are available, which comply with certifications for use in aircraft.
A B&K 4206 impedance tube together with the PULSE front-end and software is available to measure the surface impedance, reflection and absorption coefficient from 50 - 6400 Hz in accordance with ISO 10534-2. An 4-microphone extension is available to furthermore determine the transmission loss and characteristic impedance/ propagation constant of acoustical materials with the two load method.
The wind tunnel of Oldenburg University is a so called "acoustic wind tunnel" after the Göttingen principle.
This principle gives a flow with an extraordinary low amount of remaining turbulence, and thus an extraordinary low sound level of the flow.
The working section has the dimensions 0.8 x 1.0 x 1.8 m3. The maximum windspeed is approx. 50 m/s.