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Railways are an environmentally friendly means of transport well suited to
modern society. However, noise and vibration are key obstacles to further
development of the railway networks for high-speed intercity traffic, for
freight and for suburban metros and light-rail. All too often noise problems
are dealt with inefficiently due to lack of understanding of the problem.
This book brings together coverage of the theory of railway noise and
vibration with practical applications of noise control technology at source to
solve noise and vibration problems from railways. Each source of noise and
vibration is described in a systematic way: rolling noise, curve squeal, bridge
noise, aerodynamic noise, ground vibration and ground-borne noise, and vehicle
. Theoretical modelling approaches are introduced for each source in a
. Practical applications of noise control technology are presented using the
. Extensive examples of application to noise reduction techniques are included
Railway Noise and Vibration is a hard-working reference and will be invaluable
to all who have to deal with noise and vibration from railways, whether working
in the industry or in consultancy or academic research.
David Thompson is Professor of Railway Noise and Vibration at the Institute of
Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton. He has worked in the
field of railway noise since 1980, with British Rail Research in Derby, UK, and
TNO Institute of Applied Physics in the Netherlands before moving to
Southampton in 1996. He was responsible for developing the TWINS software for
predicting rolling noise.
* Discusses fully the theoretical background and practical workings of railway
* Includes the latest research findings, brought together in one place
* Forms an extended case study in the application of noise control techniques