SOUND LEVELS FROM THE MAINTENANCE & LAYOVER FACILITY

BRUNSWICK, MAINE

RECORDED BY RESOURCE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

 SEPTEMBER 2011
 JANUARY 2017
 MARCH 2017

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Human Perception of dBs

Change in Sound Change in
Level (dB) Perceived Loudness

3 Just perceptible

5 Noticeable difference

10 Twice (or 1/2) as loud

15 Large change

20 Four times (or 1/4) as loud

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RELATION BETWEEN SOUND PRESSURE IN PASCALS AND
TYPICAL SOUND PRESSURE LEVELS IN DECIBELS

Quiet Urban
Setting
Normal Jet Take-off @ 200’
Conversation @
Refrigerator 3-5’
@ 10’ Vacuum @ 10’
Quiet Rural
Setting Diesel Truck @ 50’

Riffle blast @ 250’

SOUND NIGHT DAY NIGHT DAY
PRESSURE IN
MICROPASCALS 100 1,000 10,000 100,000 1,000,000 10,000,000

SOUND 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120
PRESSURE
LEVEL IN
DECIBELS (dBA)

Air Horn @ 100’

Whisper
@ 5’ Lawn Mower @ 20’

Car / light truck @
100’
Perceived Song birds
Silence @100’

Jackhammer @ 50’
Rustling leaves
100’

Compiled by RSE from Multiple Sources Including: RSE measurements; U.S.E.P.A, “Noise from Construction Equipment and Operations, Building Equipment and Home Appliances,” Dec. 1971.; Handbook of Acoustical Measurements and Noise Control, Third Edition, edited by C.M. Harris,
McGraw-Hill,1991.; “FHWA Highway Traffic Noise Prediction Model,” U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Admin, Washington D.C., FHWA-RD-77-108, December 1978.; U.S.E.P.A, “Information on Levels Noise Requisite to Protect Health and Welfare with an Adequate Margin of
Safety,” March 1974.; Handbook of Environmental Acoustics, J.P.Cowan, Van Norstrand Reinhold, 1994.