Laboratory testing of different window design cases for noise transmission

M. A. Maraqa, Y. S. Hawas, M. D.D. Alam, J. El Zarif, K. N. Aljunadi

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We investigated the effect of different window designs employed in Abu Dhabi Emirate- UAE on the level of noise transmission. For that, 21 window cases were tested in the laboratory. Several factors were considered, including window glass thickness, glazing, lamination, opening style, area, frame type, frame style, and use of shutters. Results showed that sound transmission loss is improved significantly with the use of shutters and the use of hinged, not sliding, windows. The instalment of glass thicker than 6 mm did not cause any improvement. As for the double glazed windows, no noticeable improvement was detected with an air gap of 12 mm or less, but increasing the air gap to 20 mm causes a moderate improvement. Slight improvement was found when a lamination layer or uPVC frame (instead of aluminum) was used. It was further found that box umbrella and curtain wall frames did not seal as well as half umbrella frames, and thus resulted in a lower acoustic performance of the windows.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012027
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 4 2018
Event2018 International Joint Conference on Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, CMSME 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: Feb 24 2018Feb 26 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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