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Nippon Expressway’s rapid road noise reduction - Brüel & Kjær’s beamforming solution drives down traffic noise

Tokyo-based Nippon Expressway Research Institute Company (NEXCO RI) has optimised its work on reducing environmental road noise for residents with Noise Scope - a customised beamforming tool.

Created by sound and vibration expert Brüel & Kjær, Noise Scope is a part of the company’s data analysis platform PULSE, and it consists of a customised 3-metre diameter, 42-channel, seven-armed array (each arm measuring 1.5m in length) and a 48-channel PULSE IDAe frame.

Noise Scope measures sound in places affected by road noise such as residential areas, bridges, intersections, junctions, tunnels and motorway toll-booths, allowing NEXCO-RI to optimise the design and construction of highways and their facilities – in order to reduce the adverse effects of high-density traffic.

Mr. Toshikazu Osafune, Acting Division Chief, Traffic and Environmental Research Department, says: “As traffic density cannot be reduced, we need to find solutions to reduce noise at barriers, bridges and intersections. This is where Noise Scope comes in. The volume of one day’s data contains so much information that it can represent between one and two weeks of post-processing.”

Mr. Osafune continues: “We measure over a frequency range between 300Hz and 2 kHz. Within this range, the resolution of Noise Scope is excellent, even at distances of up to one hundred metres. We expect Brüel & Kjær to continue development so that we can measure down to 100Hz in the future. This is our aim and future goal. One great feature of the system is the ability to take a quick look in real-time to evaluate the overall noise levels and to check system integration and correct working.”

About Bruel & Kjaer
Brüel & Kjær is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration solutions for use in a wide range of applications including environmental noise measurements, building acoustics, vibration measurements and quality control for use in the automotive, aerospace and consumer industries, as well as by local authorities. Today Brüel & Kjær has 900 employees and sales offices in 55 countries. Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc. ( Spectris has annual sales of approximately £656m and employs around 6000 people worldwide in its 15 business units.
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Bruel & Kjaer UK Ltd.
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June 2012

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