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Spectral filtering characteristics of a motorcycle helmet


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Walker, I., Holt, N., Kennedy, J. and Carley, M., 2011. Spectral filtering characteristics of a motorcycle helmet. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129 (4), p. 2652.

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Abstract

Noise transmission characteristics of a motorcycle helmet have been analyzed using a combination of insertion loss measurements and loudness matching in a behavioral study. Results demonstrate the action of the motorcycle helmet as a spectral filter. The insertion loss measurements confirm previously published data showing attenuation in the frequency range above 500 Hz. A further feature, the significance of which is addressed and highlighted here for the first time, is an amplification of noise below 500 Hz. In short, the helmet acts as a frequency dependent filter on the input to the human auditory system. Data from the matching task were used to generate equiloudness curves which show the effect of the helmet on riders’ perceptions of loudness. The generated curves were compared to the international standards (ISO226). The character of the equal loudness curves was strongly influenced by the helmet. This difference is discussed in the framework of the filtering characteristics of the helmet

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsWalker, I., Holt, N., Kennedy, J. and Carley, M.
DOI10.1121/1.3588848
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
Research CentresAerospace Engineering Research Centre
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code26778
Additional InformationIssue title: PROGRAM ABSTRACTS OF THE 161ST MEETING OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

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