Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction


Document Type


Date of this Version



Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, Vol. 11, 040002 (2011)


© 2011 Acoustical Society of America


Minimization of the sound pressure field within the shadow zone of a noise barrier is achieved by reducing the pressure gradient along a line, at the top of a barrier, via active noise control. The noise control effectiveness of a barrier is increased by this strategy, especially for specific system configurations. The proposed method was evaluated by numerical simulation. Results indicate that system orientation has little effect on minimizing the pressure gradient at the top of the barrier when the error sensors are invisible to the primary noise disturbance. Highly effective control within the shadow zone and close to the barrier is possible when the system is oriented at an angle where two or more error sensors are in line with the first diffracting edge and the primary noise disturbance. Increasing the spatial extent of the quiet zone is possible by increasing the number of control sources, where the error sensors have a line of sight with the primary noise disturbance.