Course “Fundamentals of Acoustics and Noise control” dirigido a estudiantes de pregrado y postgrado FCFM


FECHA: 25, 26,27, 28 de octubre y 7,8 de noviembre

HORA: 16:00-20:00 horas

LUGAR: por definir.


Course “Fundamentals of Acoustics and Noise control”.

Estimados/as estudiantes de pregrado y postgrado de la FCFM, los/as invitamos a inscribirse al curso “Fundamentals of Acoustics and Noise control”, que será dictado por el profesor de la Universidad de la Universidad de Sherbrooke, Canadá,  Oliver Robin.

Course Purpose

This introductory course in acoustics will be given over two weeks under a mixed course/laboratory format. Students will be invited to use their cell phones and free apps to better understand acoustic measurement (decibel scale as an example) and introduce basic concepts of room and building acoustics. Each individual course will use systematic back and forth between course and laboratory (the course talks about the decibel, an acoustics measure is immediately realized). The total time for this course will be 24 hours over 6 days.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this 2-week short course, the students will possess the theoretical and experimental bases for effective noise reduction. This includes:

-Understanding the basic physical phenomena of the propagation of sound waves in a free field and in a closed volume;

-Understanding the physical phenomena of absorption and transmission of sound waves;

-Having a basic knowledge of noise and its effects, as well as on how to apply classic noise control strategies.

Apart from this theoretical learning outcome, another one concerns the application of this knowledge in real-life subjects using cell phone applications.


The learning methodology is based on mixed workshops that include both theoretical aspects and experimental aspects. As an example, the sound level measurement is theoretically described, and directly put into practice using class-2 sound level meters and cell phones. The same applies to each taught subject (reverberation, sound absorption, sound transmission). Apart from providing an experiential learning experience, the use of cell phone apps also increases students autonomy and stimulates interest.

A final project is planned using the Noise Capture application to realize a noise map of some areas in the city of Santiago. The students will be able to explain to the population the basics of the measurement and the goal of the Project. They will all develop trainer’s experience.

The evaluation will be made on three points:

– A quiz at the end of the course

– A report concerning short labs that are proposed during the courses, and have to be done at home,

– The effective participation to a group project


Claudia Villarreal, secretaria docente, Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica: