The UPV Polytechnic City of Innovation hosted the Tecniacústica 2015 conference on October 21st to the 23rd, where over 200 national and international experts presented their latest developments and debated the upcoming research challenges in the field of acoustics.
Among the many topics debated, the latest developments in noise control and insulation in buildings were addressed; new materials and acoustic devices; room design; acoustic analysis of recreational areas; virtual acoustics; or the preservation of the musical heritage of Valencia.
The conference, which is one of the leading international forums in the field of architectural, archaeological and virtual reality acoustics, is organized by the Spanish Society of Acoustics in collaboration with the virtual acoustics research group formed by professors from the UPV (including several from Campus) and UV.
FROM THE NOISE ON THE N332 TO THE ACOUSTIC ABSORBENCY OF SHEEP WOOL
One of the papers presented by researchers from Campus of Gandia was a comparative study of the noise levels from the N332 highway as it passes through Oliva, a town besieged by road traffic noise. “According to results from this study, the traffic flow through Oliva has increased about 50% since 1999,” said one of the study’s authors, Jesus Alba. “The noise levels are essentially the same despite the opening of new ring roads. They are 10 dB above the maximum levels permitted by law in every time period,” said Alba.
The same team from the Campus presented the first results of the WOOL4BUILD project, which aims to create new absorbent materials with sheep wool scraps
WIDE PARTICIPATION OF CAMPUS RESEARCHERS
Campus researchers coordinated the following structured sessions:
- Marine Ecosystems Acoustics. Coordinators: Victor Espinosa and Michael Taroudakis
- ULT-0 Ultrasound. Coordinators: Enrique Riera and Víctor Sánchez Morcillo
The a sizeable group of experts from Campus Gandia participated in the various presentations and papers presented during the three-day program:
- Objective and Subjective Study of the Effect of Sound Diffusers Based on Sonic Cystals. Authors: Alberto Quintana Gallardo, Blanca Hervás Zafra, Iluminada Pérez Troya, Juan Vicente Sánchez Pérez, Francisco Javier Redondo Pastor.
- Using Scientific Echo Eounders to Estimate the Size of Fish at Close Range. Authors: Esther Soliveres, Vicente Puig, Patricia Ordonez Vicente D. Estruch, Isabel Pérez-Arjona, Víctor Espinosa.
- Characterization of the Target-Strength of Commercial Aquaculture Feed with Single Beam and Split Beam Echo Sounders. Authors: Susana Llorens, Isabel Pérez-Arjona, Ester Soliveres, Patricia Ordonez, Vincent Puig, Victor Espinosa
- Evaluation of the Target-Strength of Juvenile Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in sea cages. Authors: Vicente Puig, Ester Soliveres, Patricia Ordoñez, Víctor Espinosa, Isabel Pérez, Fernando de la Gándara, Vicent Estruch, Lucio Calise
- Acoustic Beacon for the Positioning System of the Underwater Neutrino Telescope KM3NeT. Authors: M. Saldaña; M. Ardid, I. Felis, C.D Llorens, J. A. Martínez-Mora
- Sound Wave Reflection with Sonic Crystals. Authors: J. Salmerón-Contreras, A. Cebrecos, N. Jiménez, L.M. García-Raffi, R. Picó, J. Redondo, V. Romero-García, V.J. Sánchez-Morcillo, K. Staliunas
- Multilayer Design of Acoustic Sensors for Dark Matter Bubble Chamber Detectors
Authors: I. Felis, M. Ardid, J. Ferrer, J. A. Martínez-Mora
In addition to everything highlighted above, it should be noted that the Scientific Committee of Tecniacústica 2015 was composed by Victor Espinosa and Victor Sanchez-Morcillo, both researchers from the Campus, among other experts in this field of study.
The scientific collaboration between the Campus of Gandia and Tecniacústica has been steady in recent years; in fact, in 2006, the Campus hosted the conference.
Finally, The Spanish Society of Acoustics has granted the Andrés Lara Award to Xavier Banyuls, graduate student in the Masters Degree Program in Acoustical Engineering at Campus de Gandia. This award that was given to Campus Gandia researchers in previous editions.