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Measuring auditorium seat absorption

Davies, WJ; Orlowski, RJ; Lam, YW

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RJ Orlowski

YW Lam


There is a need for a more accurate laboratory measurement method to predict auditorium seat absorption. The traditional method tends to overpredict the absorption of the exposed front and sides of seating blocks. An alternative reverberation chamber method was studied that involves the use of barriers to obtain realistic measurements of front and side absorption. This method was validated by comparing measurements of seats made in a reverberation chamber with in situ absorption data for the same seats, calculated from reverberation time measurements in ten auditoria with and without the seats present. The accuracy of the alternative method was satisfactory in all cases, although a severe lack of diffusion in two of the halls hindered the validation process. It was found that using a frequency-constant edge correction strip to account for side and front absorption could lead to significant errors in auditorium absorption prediction.


Davies, W., Orlowski, R., & Lam, Y. (1994). Measuring auditorium seat absorption. ˜The œJournal of the Acoustical Society of America (Online), 96(2), 879-888.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 1994
Deposit Date Jul 16, 2012
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2016
Journal The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)
Print ISSN 0001-4966
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 96
Issue 2
Pages 879-888
Keywords reverberation chamber measurements; theater chair absorption
Publisher URL
Additional Information Additional Information : 1 PB503 J ACOUST SOC AMER


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