rad (radian) a derived SI Unit of angle measurement. One radian is the angle made at the centre of a circle by an arc whose length is equal to the radius of the circle.Since the circumference of a circle = 2πr, then one radian equals 360°/(2π) ≈ 57.3° and π/2 radian equal a right angle (90°)
Radiation Factor Definition (IEC 801-31-26) ratio of sound power radiated by a plate of a given area vibrating with a given root-mean-square velocity over the area, to that power which would be emitted as a plane wave by a plate of the same area vibrating in phase with the same vibration velocity.
Because of their importance in acoustics we have a full page on measurement microphones
Other noise descriptors, ambient noise • background noise • broadband noise • gaussian noise • narrowband noise • periodic • pink noise • pseudo random noise • residual sound • specific sound • white noise • wideband noise
See also reference time interval.
Caution Rayls may be published in MKS and or CGS units, which are not the same.
See also acoustic impedance
Real Time Analyser (RTA) an instrument which uses a number of narrow bandwidth filters connected to a display to give a visual indication of the amplitude in each frequency band simultaneously or at the same time.
Real Time Frequency Analysis measurement of octave or third octave band noise where all the filters are measured simultaneously, ensures no loss of data.
Reference Particle Velocity (vo) = 5 x 10-8 m/s ≡ 0 dB
Reference Sound Energy (Wo) = 1pJ = 10-12 J ≡ 0 dB
Reference Sound Energy Density (Eo) = 1 pJ/m3 = 10-12 J/m3 ≡ 0 dB
Reference Sound Exposure (Eo) = 20 μPa2 s ≡ 0 dB
Reference Sound Intensity (Io) = 1 pW/m2 = 10-12 W/m2 ≡ 0 dB
Reference Sound Power (Po) = 1 pW = 10-12 W ≡ 0 dB
Reference Sound Pressure (po) = 20 μPa = 20 x 10-6 Pa ≡ 0 dB in air
Reference Sound Pressure (po) = 1 x 10-6 Pa ≡ 0 dB in liquids and solids
Reference Vibratory Acceleration (ao) = 1 μm/s2 ≡ 0 dB
Reference Vibratory Displacement (ξo) = 1pm ≡ 0 dB
Reference Vibratory Force (Fo) = 10-6 N ≡ 0 dB
Reference Vibratory Velocity (vo) = 1 nm/s ≡ 0 dB
Reference Voltage (vo) = 1 Volt ≡ 0 dB
See also our decibel reference tables
Reference Time Interval (Tr), the specified interval over which the specific sound level is determined.
Residual Sound Level (Lr) is the LAeq,T, equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level of the residual sound at the assessment location over a given time interval, T
See also background noise
Resonance Definition (IEC 801-24-05) phenomenon of a system in forced oscillation such that any change, however small, in the frequency of excitation results in a decrease in a response of the system.
Note : the quantity that is the measure of response should be indicated; for example, velocity resonance.
Resonance Frequency Definition (IEC 801-24-06) frequency at which resonance exists
Note : in case of possible confusion, the type of resonance must be indicated; for example, velocity resonance frequency.
Response Definition (IEC 801-21-47) of a device or system, the motion, or other output, that results from a stimulus (excitation) under specified conditions. The kinds of input and output being utilized must be indicated.
Reverberation Time Definition (IEC 801-31-07) of an enclosure, for a sound of a given frequency or frequency band, time that would be required for the sound pressure level in the enclosure to decrease by 60 decibels, after the source has been stopped
Sabine Reverberation Time Equation in 1898 W C Sabine devised the formula relating
reverberation time with sound absorption and room volume: T = 0.161 V/A, where:
V = room volume in m3
A = α x S = equivalent absorption surface or area in m2
α = absorbent coefficient or attenuation coefficient
T = RT60 = reverberation time in s, seconds
S = absorbing surface in m2
The above equation is normalized to the speed of sound in air = 343 m/s
It follows if you know the reverberation time you can calculate the absorption coefficient and vice-versa.Reference Reverberation Time of 0.5 seconds is often cited as the typical value for a medium sized, carpeted and furnished living room and does not require detailed and accurate knowledge of the dimensions of the test rooms. The reference reverberation time is used in sound insulation measurements
Early Decay Time (EDT), based on the impulse decay curve, 0 dB to -10 dB
T10 decay time, based on the impulse decay curve, -5 dB to -15 dB
T20 decay time, based on the impulse decay curve, -5 dB to -25 dB
T30 decay time, based on the impulse decay curve, -5 dB to -35 dB
Reverberation Time is a significant parameter in acoustics : so we have more details
RMS (root mean square of a time-varying quantity) is obtained by squaring the amplitude at each instant, obtaining the average of the squared values over the interval of interest, and then taking the square root of this average.
RMS Value Definition (IEC 103-02-03) for a time-dependent quantity, positive square root of the mean value of the square of the quantity taken over a given time interval
Note : The root-mean-square value of a quantity may be denoted by adding one of the subscripts eff or rms to the symbol of the quantity
Note : The abbreviation RMS was formerly denoted as r.m.s. or rms, but these notations are now deprecated.
RMS (Quadratic Mean) is the square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of the numbers in a series
RMS Value is also known as the effective value
The root-mean-square sound pressure, also known as the effective sound pressure is most often used to characterise a sound wave because it is directly related to the sound energy carried by a sound waveSee also mean square
See also other types of averaging
The changes are frequency dependent which makes things more complicated to predict. In large spaces air absorption can be significant at higher frequencies.See also room modes
This system is considered by some to more effective than the noise criteria (NC) system.
The B&K 2250 sound analyser, measures RC values.
However rooms may also have one or more modes or resonances related to the room dimensions and the wavelength of the sound. These room modes and standing waves can dramatically effect the room's acoustic performance.Axial Modes are associated with pairs of parallel walls.
Example 1: a root power quantity (sound pressure) of 1 pascal = 94 dB SPL, add another identical sound source, the total = 2 pascals = 100 dB SPL. Two identical root power sources increase the sound pressure, a sound field quantity by 6 dB, i.e. 20 log (2) = 6dB. See our sound pressure table for more examples.
Example 2: a power quantity (sound power) of 1 Watt = 120 dB SWL, add another identical sound source, the total = 2 watts = 123 dB SWL. Two identical power sources increase the sound power output by 3 dB, i.e. 10 log (2) = 3 dB. See our sound power table for more examples.See also our sound level calculation page and the IEC decibel definition.