Acoustics quiz

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Please answer the following 10 multiple choice questions, then click 'submit' to check the result. The pass mark for a CPD certificate is 8 out of 10, and you may retake the quiz as many times as you wish, but the questions will vary! Please note that one, two, three or all of the possible answers presented for each question may be right, and to gain a mark for that question all correct answers must be identified.

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Sound insulation requirements are included in which part of the England and Wales Building Regulations?


Which of the following statements are true for acoustic design of schools?

The main reference for acoustic design of schools is Building Bulletin 93
External wall sound insulation is important for schools so that occupants of neighbouring buildings are not disturbed by noise of children
Reverberation and transmission of speech characteristics are important for schools
Sound insulation in schools is not mentioned in Building Regulations

For integration of elements which of these statements are correct?

It is necessary to consider the detailing for integration of elements to maintain acoustic performance
Only structural elements such as beams and columns are significant to sound insulation
Domestic scale pipes and electric cables are insignificant to sound insulation
Pipes and cables cannot be included in a domestic separating wall

In England and Wales the airborne sound requirement for a separating wall between purpose built dwellings is ...?

DnT,w + Ctr ≥ 40 dB
DnT,w + Ctr ≤ 45 dB
DnT,w + Ctr ≥ 45 dB
DnT,w + Ctr ≤ 40 dB

Which of the following statements are true for separating wall construction?

Separating walls can be constructed from light steel frames lined with plasterboard
Resilient bars must be incorporated in the construction of separating walls
Mineral wool in the wall construction helps to improve the sound insulation
Light steel separating walls must be twin frame construction

There are many proprietary acoustic products available, which of these statements is true?

The performance of products can vary significantly even though the products may appear to be similar
Acoustic vinyl flooring is good for impact sound because it addresses the issue at source
Standard office ceiling tiles help significantly with airborne sound insulation
Floor treatment systems all provide a similar improvement in sound insulation

For separating floors between dwellings which of these statements are true?

Separating floors must include structural concrete
The ceiling part of the floor can have a significant effect on the acoustic performance
The floor treatment applied is usually insignificant to the acoustic performance
There is a wide range of separating floor solutions that can be used in steel framed buildings

Which of these statements is correct?

It is generally easier to provide sound insulation for high frequency sound
It is generally easier to provide sound insulation for low frequency sound
Sound insulation materials have the same effect on high frequency and low frequency sound
Sound insulation is only required for low frequency sound

Acoustic insulation testing is generally carried out at ...?

One single frequency
A range of frequencies from 100 Hz to 3150 Hz
Two specific frequencies of 100 Hz and 3150 Hz
A range of frequencies from 300 Hz to 1000 Hz

Loudness of sound is measured in what units?

Hertz (Hz)
Joules (J)
Decibels (dB)
Watts (W)