Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof W K Chiu (Clayton); Dr Tan Boon Thong (Malaysia)


Fundamentals of sound and sound propagation, wave equation, Helmholtz equation, absorption, impedance and intensity, silencers. Transmission from one medium to another, applications and optimisation. Transmission through walls, mass law, coincidence and resonance. Sound transmission in the atmosphere, inverse square law, excess attenuation. Radiation of sound, directivity. Sound in enclosed spaces. Noise sources, noise reduction techniques, noise legislation and regulation, acceptable noise levels, hearing conservation, measurement and analysis of noise, design for low noise.


On completion of this unit, should are expected to:

  • calculate basic noise measurement quantities (sound pressure levels, sound power levels and sound intensity level);
  • model the propagation of sound in a duct and in free-space;
  • analyse the fundamentals of reactive noise attenuation devices;
  • explain the concept of transmission loss:
  • explain the concepts of direct and reverberant noise field in a close-environment;
  • combine the concepts of noise source, noise path and noise measurement to examine the impact of a given noise source on its environment.


Examination (2 hours): 70%
Assignments and tutorials: 25%
Laboratory: 5%

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Workload requirements

22 lecture hours plus 22 hours of practice classes and laboratory classes