With cities growing and expanding year after year, noise mitigation is a topic of significant conversation between city leaders and engineers. Visitors and residents of places like the Big Apple know that railways are a necessary, yet noisy part of city living. Noise mitigation is required to be good stewards of the community and the Earth.
The National Institute of Safety and Health says that people exposed to constant night sound that disturb natural sleep patterns suffer elevated heart rates with long and short-term repercussions to health.
How Railway Noise Barriers Protect Residents and Businesses
The Centers for Disease Control says that any noise over 85 decibels for eight hours a day is hazardous to hearing. That means residents exposed to that noise level reach the maximum recommended allowance for the day by NIOSH. People living and working near the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are exposed to trains that put out 88 decibels of sound at 50 m.p.h. at 50-feet. Noise absorption is vital to protecting people from permanent hearing loss.
Types of Rail Systems That Require Quieter Surroundings
- Commuter rail for average-sized cities
- Freight cars for manufacturing and industrial use
- Rail yards and depots
- Mass transit railways
- Magnetic rails
Noise Absorption Is The Better Option
Since noise barrier systems with concrete, metal, and other reflective materials did not work as hoped, Sound Fighter built a sound-absorptive line of noise barriers to mitigate the sound levels of rail systems, landing platforms, and busy rail yards. Using lightweight, customizable, and durable materials, SF filled the cores of non-corrosive sound panels with sound dampening items and fibers to create walls that absorb unwanted noise.
How Absorptive Noise Walls Work
Sound waves travel through the perforated face of the barrier where they encounter a maze of fibrous materials where the sound waves are diffused and minimized. The leftover noise reaches the back wall where it is blocked. A well-designed sound-absorptive barrier can reduce overall sound energy by as much as 15 to 25 decibels depending on the application and environmental factors.
The sound walls minimize the nuisance wheel and mechanical noises, reducing hazardous noise-related health conditions for workers and nearby residents.
Benefits of Sound Fighter Sound Walls
- Customizable for vents, fans, entrance doors, or generators
- Resistant to animal damage
- Effective for any noise reduction application including residential apartments, large warehouse sectors, and loud noise polluters like railways and train stations
- Multiple color options
- Fits in with the area in appealing ways
- Quick delivery
- Rot proof
At Sound Fighter, we are dedicated to offering effective and efficient solutions to loud sounds caused by railways and trains along with other noise polluters. Our products eliminate sound in a beneficial wall system that is fully-customizable for any application. Give us a call or check out our blog.