A New active control application for reduction of environmental noise in open spaces

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2016
Ülgen, Serkan
Today, rapid development of urban and industrial areas, growing motorway, airway and railway networks together with other sources, bring out noise as one of the major environmental problems. Studies show that one of the most annoying noise sources is the traffic noise in the cities. Sound barriers are conventional solutions applied to control traffic noise. However, the construction cost of these barriers, their aesthetical qualities and how they contribute to urban qualities are questionable. Today’s modern tools offering higher computation power, greater ability of collecting precise data for real time audio processing, drastically increased the application possibilities of Active Noise Control (ANC) in different scales including but not limited to personal protection, HVAC systems, automotive and aerial vehicle cabins, medical imaging and lastly in urban scale. In this thesis, ANC is proposed as a method to be applied to open spaces or as an alternative, a performance increasing add on to sound barriers to control the environmental noise and decrease its negative effects on human health. 
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S. Ülgen, “A New active control application for reduction of environmental noise in open spaces,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.