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Aircraft noise effects on sleep: DLR research and application

Basner, Mathias and Samel, Alexander and Isermann, Ullrich (2006) Aircraft noise effects on sleep: DLR research and application. In: 2006 Inter-Noise Proceedings, Paper N° IN06-478. Inter-Noise 2006 (35th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, 2006-12-03 - 2006-12-06, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA).

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Abstract

The Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) investigated the influence of nocturnal aircraft noise on sleep in polysomnographic laboratory and field studies between 1999 and 2004. The results of the field study were used by the Regional Council of Leipzig (Germany) for the establishment of a noise protection plan in the official approval process for the expansion of Leipzig/Halle airport to an international freight hub. Of the results, special attention is given to the dose-response relationship between the maximum sound pressure level of an aircraft noise event and the probability to wake up, which was used to establish noise protection zones directly related to the effects of noise on sleep. These protection zones differ qualitatively and quantitatively from zones that are solely based on acoustical criteria. The noise protection plan for Leipzig/Halle airport is presented and substantiated: (1) on average, there should be less than one additional awakening induced by aircraft noise, (2) awakenings recalled in the morning should be avoided as much as possible, and (3) aircraft noise should interfere as little as possible with the process of falling asleep again. Issues concerned with the representativeness of the study sample are discussed.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Aircraft noise effects on sleep: DLR research and application
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Basner, MathiasUNSPECIFIED
Samel, AlexanderUNSPECIFIED
Isermann, UllrichInstitut für Aerodynamik und Strömungstechnik, Technische Strömungen, Göttingen
Date:December 2006
Journal or Publication Title:2006 Inter-Noise Proceedings, Paper N° IN06-478
Status:Published
Keywords:Sleep, nocturnal aircraft noise, polysomnography, noise protection plan, dose-response relationship, maximum sound pressure level, awakenings probability
Event Title:Inter-Noise 2006 (35th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering
Event Location:Honolulu, Hawaii (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-12-03 - 2006-12-06
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Quiet Air Traffic (old)
Location: Köln-Porz , Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Flight Physiology
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Helicopters
Deposited By: Louise Mawet
Deposited On:24 Jan 2008
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:32

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