Acoustics

Introduction

Acoustic research is carried out at the Institute of Computational Mechanics and Optimization in the Technical University of Crete, with the main areas being Architectural Acoustics and Environmental Acoustics. Assistance and consulting services can also be provided for problem connected to acoustics and vibrations in the fields of Architectural and Environmental Acoustics.

Research Areas in Acoustics

Main areas of research are those of Architectural Acoustics and Environmental Acoustics. In particular, research is conducted on various aspects of Computational Acoustics as well as on aspects of Acoustic Measurements. Other areas of research are also Soundscape acoustics and Audiovisual Interaction.

Architectural Acoustics

In the field of Architectural Acoustics, research is conducted in various topics such as:

  • Utilization of computational methods for estimating the acoustic field in a space
  • Modeling in the frequency domain
  • Modeling in the time domain
  • Acoustic sources
  • Aspects of acoustic measurements

Environmental Acoustics

In the field of environmental acoustics, research is carried out in topics such as:

  • Utilization of computational methods for the assessment of sound barriers
  • Utilization of computational methods for the assessment of urban landscape
  •  Urban acoustic planning

Other areas

Research is also carried out in the following areas:

  • Soundscape acoustics (estimation, design)
  • Audiovisual interaction (and multisensory integration)

Acoustic Consultancy

Acoustic consultancy can be provided in the areas of Architectural Acoustics and Environmental Acoustics.

Architectural Acoustics

Acoustic consultancy can be offered for: Acoustic modeling and design, acoustic characterization (via measurements) and special design and modeling of acoustic elements (e.g. absorbers, diffusers).

Acoustic modeling and design

Acoustic modeling with various computational methods can be performed in cases such as auditoriums, theatres, open plan offices, classrooms etc.. Acoustic design will be performed according to optimum specifications for the intended use. Auralization of the final space is possible.

Acoustic characterization and measurements

Acoustic characterization via measurements of various spaces is available according to the appropriate ISO standards. Measurements can be performed with the use of various software, equipment and measurement techniques.

Acoustic elements

Design of absorbers, reflectors and diffusers with dedicated features, according to specific needs is available via various numerical methods (e.g. FEM).

Environmental Acoustics

Environmental noise control can be achieved with the appropriate skills that allow it to comply with current legislation. Acoustic consultancy can be offered for topics such as: Acoustic modeling and design and Acoustic characterization and measurements in the context of urban or rural environments.

Acoustic modeling and design

Acoustic modeling with various methods can be performed for the control and estimation of environmental noise. Noise impact assessments and action plans are feasible. Design and validation of noise barriers by means of numerical codes (FEM and BEM).

Acoustic characterization and measurements

Acoustic characterization via measurements of various spaces is available according to the appropriate ISO standards. Measurements can be performed with the use of various software and measurement techniques. Noise measurement and long-term noise monitoring is available.

Other areas

Acoustic consultancy can also be provided in areas such as:

  • Virtual acoustic prototype
  • Product acoustic development

Latest news in Acoustics

Special Issue "Advances in Architectural Acoustics"

The Institute of Computational Mechanics and Optimization is organizing a Special Issue on Architectural Acoustics for the journal Applied Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna and Professor  Massimo Garai.

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci/special_issues/Architectural_Acoustics

Soundscape Attributes Translation Project (SATP) - Greek Partner

In the framework of the ‘Soundscape Attributes Translation Project’ (SATP), organized by the University College London (UCL), Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, the Technical University of Crete and the Institute of Computational Mechanics and Optimization is participating as a Greek partner. For this international collaboration teams from 18 countries are going to contribute for the translation and evaluation through listening experiments of the recently published ISO/TS 12913-2:2018.

https://www.researchgate.net/project/Soundscape-Attributes-Translation-Project-SATP

Publication of Co.Mec.O., Reference Material for Acoustic Measurements

Publication of Co.Mec.O has been assessed as a reference material  in the field of acoustic measurements from a popular acoustic software (Room Eq Wizard). The software is used globally for acoustic measurements and is also utilized in academic institutions for acoustic courses and laboratories.

https://www.roomeqwizard.com/#reference

https://www.roomeqwizard.com/

Contact Us

Dr. Nikolaos M. Papadakis,   nikpapadakis@isc.tuc.gr

Professor Georgios E. Stavroulakis,  gestavr@dpem.tuc.gr