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Between 1990 and 1998, the author published five conference papers which described the gradual development of a simple theoretical model for predicting the sound insulation of building partitions. The first aim was to extend Sharp’s model for cavity walls to cavities without sound absorption. The second aim was to remove the reported over prediction of… (More)

The radiation efficiency of an infinite flat panel which is radiating an infinite plane wave into an infinite half space can be shown to be equal to the inverse of the cosine of the angle between the direction of propagation of the plane wave and the normal to the panel. The fact that this radiation efficiency tends to infinity as the angle tends to 90°… (More)

- John Laurence Davy
- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- 2009

The radiation efficiency of an infinite flat panel that radiates a plane wave into a half space is equal to the inverse of the cosine of the angle between the direction of propagation of the plane wave and the normal to the panel. The fact that this radiation efficiency tends to infinity as the angle tends to 90 degrees causes problems with simple theories… (More)

- John Laurence Davy
- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- 2010

This paper presents a revised theory for predicting the sound insulation of double leaf cavity walls that removes an approximation, which is usually made when deriving the sound insulation of a double leaf cavity wall above the critical frequencies of the wall leaves due to the airborne transmission across the wall cavity. This revised theory is also used… (More)

- John Laurence Davy, Catherine Guigou-Carter, Michel Villot
- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- 2012

The effect of the resilience of the steel studs on the sound insulation of steel stud cavity walls can be modeled as an equivalent translational compliance in simple models for predicting the sound insulation of walls. Recent numerical calculations have shown that this equivalent translational compliance varies with frequency. This paper determines the… (More)

- John Laurence Davy
- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- 2009

This paper presents a method for calculating the directivity of the radiation of sound from a panel or opening, whose vibration is forced by the incidence of sound from the other side. The directivity of the radiation depends on the angular distribution of the incident sound energy in the room or duct in whose wall or end the panel or opening occurs. The… (More)

- John Laurence Davy
- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- 2009

This paper first shows experimentally that the distribution of modal spacings in a reverberation room is well modeled by the Rayleigh or Wigner distribution. Since the Rayleigh or Wigner distribution is a good approximation to the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble (GOE) distribution, this paper confirms the current wisdom that the GOE distribution is a good… (More)

- John Laurence Davy
- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- 2009

In his 1942 paper on the sound insulation of single leaf walls, Cremer [(1942). Akust. Z. 7, 81-104] made a number of approximations in order to show the general trend of sound insulation above the critical frequency. Cremer realized that these approximations limited the application of his theory to frequencies greater than twice the critical frequency.… (More)

- John Laurence Davy, Richard L. Weaver
- The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- 2015

Models for the statistics of responses in finite reverberant structures, and in particular, for the variance of the mean square pressure in reverberation rooms, have been studied for decades. It is therefore surprising that a recent communication has claimed that the literature has gotten the simplest of such calculations very wrong. Monsef, Cozza,… (More)

Transportation noise contains significant low frequency components. It is difficult to sound insulate buildings against transportation noise because wall cavities are only effective in increasing sound insulation above the mass-air-mass resonance frequency. Stud walls can also have a significant structural resonance in this low frequency range, although it… (More)