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1 Spectrum Level and Band Level ntensity, ntensity Level, and ntensity Spectrum Level As a review, earlier we talked about the intensity of a sound wave. We related the intensity of a sound wave to the acoustic pressure where: pamax = or, ρ c p a pa rms = = ρc ρc Next we defined the ntensity Level, L, as the decibel quantity defined to be consistent with the fact that our ears registered intensity on a logarithmic vice linear scale. L 0log n this definition, was determined by a standard convention. ntensity Levels in water were most usually erenced to µpa pressure which is equivalent to an intensity of 6.67 x 0-9 W/m. n air the intensity erence is most usually x 0 - W/m which is equivalent to a erence pressure of 0 µpa. We will now define a new quantity, the spectrum level or intensity spectrum level (SL). The intensity spectrum level (SL) is the intensity level of the sound wave within a Hz. This is accomplished by comparing the intensity in a Hz to the erence level in a Hz. The equation for the SL is: in Hz in Hz Hz SL = 0 log = 0 log in Hz While this might seem a needless distinction, we can easily show in the lab that a pure tone with an intensity of 0.0 W/m is painfully loud. On the other hand, the same intensity spread as noise over the entire audible frequency width (0 Hz to 0 khz) is nowhere near as loud. The SL gives us the intensity in the Hz compared to the erence level (normally µpa corresponding to 6.67 x 0-9 W/m in water). This allows us to truly compare apples to apples. We saw in our brief study of Fourier analysis that most sound waves are made up of the combination of many different frequencies of sound waves. To compare one level to another, we must compare both levels within the same Hz. But what if the width of our equipment is different than Hz? 8-

2 Band Level Let s describe the processing within a typical sonar system. n this system, a sound wave is incident upon a transducer or hydrophone, which converts the varying acoustic pressure to a voltage level using a piezoelectric material such a naturally occurring quartz crystals or man made ceramic materials like PZT. Piezoelectric materials respond to external applied stresses by building up charge on their surfaces. This charge redistribution is sensed as a voltage by electrodes attached to the surfaces of the piezoelectric material. This voltage is then passed through a set of parallel pass filters to separate the voltage signal into the different frequency s. After passing through the pass filters, all frequencies outside the particular are eliminated. The voltage representing pressure in the is then converted to an rms power level by squaring the voltage and taking the average over a period of time called the integration time. An intensity level is created by dividing by the erence intensity, taking the logarithm and multiplying by 0. hydrophone pass filter # V ( f ) R pass filter # V ( f ) R Output acoustic pressure pass filter #3 V ( f ) R The result is then an average intensity level in each of the s that we have split the signal into, as shown on the following graph. This is called a Band Level and given the symbol, BL. n this simple example system, there are only 3 s. Real systems have many more s. After the display is created as a plot of average intensity level in a versus the frequency of the, we see we have essentially created the Fourier Transform of the time 8-

3 domain signal. Devices capable of measuring and displaying frequency components of a signal in this manner are called spectrum analyzers. level # # #3 frequency The Band Level is the intensity level over a other than Hz. Below is a plot representing the spectrum level of environmental noise within an imaginary environment. To determine the level in the frequency shown on the plot, we can use the following equation: = = tot BL 0 log 0log in a Hz f The ntensity in a Hz is often called the ntensity Spectral Density. Using the multiplication rule for logarithms, SL SL ave in a Hz xhz f BL = 0log + 0log Hz ave BL = SL + 0 log f where f = f f f f frequency This equation can be used to compare the energy in a other than a Hz. t might appear in the second term that we are taking the logarithm of quantity that has units. This is only because it is conventional to drop the Hz in the denominator when writing the equation. Example Using the plot of SL as a function of frequency shown below, calculate a) the level of every and b) the total level. 8-3

4 ntensity Spectrum Level (db) frequency (Hz) a) To calculate the levels: ave 3 BL = SL + 0 log f BL = log 00 BL BL BL b) To calculate the total level: = 80 db = 49. db = 68.6 db BL BL tot tot BL BL BL = 0 log = 80.3 db Types of Spectrums A broad spectrum is one where the sound pressure levels are spread continuously across a spectrum. A tonal spectrum is one where there is a discrete non-continuous spectrum with different frequency components. Sound pressure level measurements may contain components of broad sounds as well as tonals as shown below. 8-4

5 Spectrum Level tonals broad noise frequency To calculate the total level of broad and tonal spectrums, we must add in the level (or SL if they have a Hz width) of each tonal separately with the level of the broad noise. An equation would be: Example BLtot = SL ave + 0log fbb L tonal # L tonal #... n the following figure, the background noise is constant (40 db) over the width from 500 to 600 Hz. There are two tones with levels of 60 db and 63 db respectively. What is the total Band Level? Spectrum containg both noise and tones SL (db) tot Frequency (Hz) BLtot = SL ave + 0 log fbb Ltonal # Ltonal # BL = 40dB + 0log 00Hz 60dB 63dB = 66dB 8-5

6 Bandwidth and Common Bandwidths Using the example above, let s describe some features of the frequency s. First, it is often easier to describe a frequency by stating the center frequency and the width versus stating the bottom and top frequency of the. The center frequency or average frequency (though it is not a true average) of a frequency can be found by using the following definition: f c = f f Mathematically this frequency is the geometric mean of the upper and lower frequencies. The width is simply: f = f f Constant Bandwidth Where all s are the same number width, i.e. all s are 0 Hz wide. Proportional Bandwidth Where the ratio of the upper frequency to the lower frequency are constant. One-octave width The first from 00 Hz to 00 Hz, used in the previous example is an example of a one-octave width. A one-octave width is where: f = f Also, using the definition to calculate the center frequency we find it is 4 Hz. Half-octave width The second is an example of a half-octave width. A half-octave width is where: f = f Note also that the center frequency of the one-octave above is where the octave is split into two half-octave s. An octave with a 00 Hz lower frequency has an upper frequency 8-6

7 of 400 Hz. The center frequency is 00Hz 400Hz = 83Hz, exactly the same number calculated from the definition of the half octave. t may have seemed odd that the center frequency was not the simple average of the upper and lower frequencies. Hopefully this observation explains the use of the geometric mean for calculating the center frequency. Spectrum Level (db) f c = frequency (Hz) 8-7

8 Appendix A Why is center frequency a geometric mean vice a simple arithmetic average? t has been observed that noise in the sea from the wind driven surface is not flat across all frequency s. nstead we see that noise decreases with increasing frequency. The exact shape of non constant noise is called a Knudsen spectrum and ntensity Spectral Density is proportional to /f. Sample Knudsen Spectrum 3 ntensity Spectral Density (W/m/Hz) 0 Spectral Density av e 0 f f c f frequency (Hz) The exact mathematical description of a Knudsen spectrum is: A d = df f where A is a constant. The intensity in a from f to f is then: f A A A = df = A = ( f f ) = Band f f f f f f ff f 8-8

9 f the noise spectrum where constant, the total intensity in the is just the ntensity Spectral A Density x width. n the case of the non-constant spectral density, the term ff represents the best average value of the ntensity spectral density. t is evaluated at the center frequency. A d = Spectral Density = = A ff df f ave ave c As such, we see that the center frequency must be: f c = ff Simply looking at the Knudsen spectrum above shows us the problem with using the arithmetic average for the center frequency. Our knowledge of approximate integration tells us the area above and below the average ntensity Spectral Density must be approximately equal. This is clearly not the case. nstead, a lower average value must be to balance the equal areas. Sample Knudsen Spectrum 3 ntensity Spectral Density (W/m/Hz) 0 Equal Areas Spectral Density av e 0 f f c f frequency (Hz) 8-9

10 Problems. Given the following FFT for pressure p(t) {where T = sec, p o = µpa, ρ = 000 Kg/m 3, and c = 500 m/s}: p( t) = [ + 4cos π t/ T 3cos(π t/ T) + 6cos(π5 t/ T) + sin(π t/ T) + 5sin(π3 t/ T) + 8sin(π5 t/ T)] Pa a) Complete the table below for 0 n 6: n a n (Pa) b n (Pa) T n (sec) f n (Hz) P rms (Pa) < n >W/ m BL n (db) b) Plot the Cosine Amplitude spectrum a n (Pa) vs f (Hz). Use your own graph paper c) Plot the Sine Amplitude spectrum b n (Pa) vs f (Hz). Use your own graph paper. d) Plot the time averaged ntensity spectrum, < n > (W/m ) vs f (Hz). Use your own graph paper. e) Plot the discrete Band Level spectrum, BL n (db) vs f (Hz). Use your own graph paper. f) Determine the total Band Level, BL TOT for 0Hz f 6Hz and the average ntensity Spectrum Level, SL AVE using the information above. 8-0

11 . The intensity Spectrum Level (SL) is given below for a source of noise: ntensity Spectrum Level for a particular noise source 70 ntensity Spectrum Level (db) frequency (Hz) a) Over what frequency interval is the ntensity Spectrum Level a constant 60 db? b) What is the ntensity Spectrum Level in the range 60 Hz <f < 00 Hz? c) What is the Band Level (BL) for the noise in the frequency range 0 Hz <f < 60 Hz? d) What is the Band Level (BL) for the noise in the frequency range 60 Hz <f < 00 Hz? e) What is the Band Level (BL) for the noise in the frequency range 0 Hz <f < 00 Hz? 3. f the Band Level is 00 db in a white noise width of 50 Hz, what is the (average) ntensity Spectrum Level? 4. For aone-third octave centered on a frequency of 000 Hz, calculate the lower and upper frequencies and the width. 5. The lower frequency of a one-third octave is 00 Hz. Find the upper frequency, the center frequency, and the width. 6. a) For a one-octave width, show that the width is about 7% of the center frequency. b) For a half-octave width, show that the width is about 35% of the center frequency. c) For a third-octave width, show that the width is about 3% of the center frequency. 8-

12 7. Given the following graph of white noise and tonals: SL S L (db) a) Compute the total level BL tot, for a receiver having a one octave width centered around Hz. Assume each tonal has a f= Hz. b) Compute the average white noise intensity spectrum level, SL ave. 8-

13 8. Using the figure below, estimate the noise level at m from a U.S. Mark 48 torpedo traveling at 30 knots in the frequency ranging 00 Hz to 0 khz. ntensity Spectrum Level for a Mk 48 Torpedo knot SL (db) knot Frequency (Hz) a) Repeat for a torpedo traveling at 30 knots. b) Repeat for a torpedo traveling at 30 knots but for a sonar receiver with a ranging from 00 Hz to 0 khz. 8-3

14 Lesson 8 ntensity, ntensity Level, and ntensity Spectrum Level A Sonar System pamax = or, ρ c p = = ρc ρc a pa rms L 0log hydrophone pass filter # pass filter # V ( f ) R V ( f ) R Output The spectrum level is the intensity level of the sound wave within a Hz. in Hz in Hz Hz SL = 0log = 0log in Hz acoustic pressure pass filter #3 V ( f ) R System Output level Example p() t = + 5cos π ( 0Hz) t + 3cos π ( 0Hz) t + 4cos ( 3) π( 0Hz) t Pa f () t = a0 + acos( ω t) + acos( ω t) + + bsin ( ω t) + bsin ( ω t) + Pressure HPa L.5 # # #3 frequency Fourier Transform of the Time Domain Signal Frequency Analyzer Time Hsec L -5 n Fourier Coefficients f (Hz) P (Pa) P (Pa) (W/m ) n max rms L (db) Band Level x Pressure (Pa) x p() t = + 5cos π ( 0Hz) t + 3cos π ( 0Hz) t + 4cos ( 3) π( 0Hz) t Pa f (Hz) P = a + b max n n P max rms = P Prms Pmax = = ρc ρc tot ( in a Hz ) f BL = 0log = 0log ( in a Hz ) Hz f BL = 0log + 0log Hz BL = SLave + 0log ( f ) where f = f f SL SL ave f f frequency The Band Level is the intensity level over a other than Hz.

15 Lesson 8 Example Types of Spectrums ntensity Spectrum Level (db) Spectrum Level tonals frequency (Hz) Using the plot of SL as a function of frequency shown, calculate the level of every the total level the total level in a from 50 Hz to 300 Hz broad noise frequency BL = SL + 0log ( f ) L L... tot ave BB tonal # tonal # SL (db) Example Spectrum containg both noise and tones Frequency (Hz) What is the total BL? Constant Bandwidth Common Bandwidths f = constant Proportional Bandwidth Octave Bandwidth f = f Half Octave Bandwidth f = / f Center Frequency f = f f c Spectrum Level (db) f c=4 frequency (Hz) Perred Octave Bands Why do we care? Source Level (SL) and Noise Level (NL) are both examples of Band Levels (BL) where the frequency (s) are defined by the frequencies of our Sonar System

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