ASTM E2249 - 02(2008)

    Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements Using Sound Intensity

    Active Standard ASTM E2249 | Developed by Subcommittee: E33.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.06


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    Significance and Use

    This test method can be used to obtain an estimate the transmission loss of building elements in a laboratory setting where the source room and the specimen mounting conditions satisfy the requirements of Test Method E 90. The acceptability of the receiving room will be determined by a set of field indicators that define the quality and accuracy of the intensity estimate.

    By appropriately constructing the surface over which the intensity is measured it is possible to selectively exclude the influence of sound energy paths including the effects from joints, gaps as well as flanking sound paths. This method may be particularly useful when accurate measurements of a partition can not be made in an Test Method E 90 facility because the partition sound insulation is limited by flanking transmission involving facility source and receiver room surfaces, (for example, the path from the source room floor to the receiver room floor via the isolators and the slab supporting the two). Annex A3 discusses this in detail.

    The discrete point method allows the mapping of the radiated sound intensity which can be used to identify defects or unique features (2) of the partition.

    Current research reported in the literature indicate that there exists a bias between measures of transmission loss obtained using the intensity technique and those obtained using the conventional two room reverberation technique (for example, Test Method E 90, (3) and (4)). Appendix E provides estimates of the bias that might be expected. Despite the presence of a bias, no corrections are to be applied to the measured data obtained by this test method.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of airborne sound transmission loss of building partitions such as walls of all kinds, operable partitions, floor-ceiling assemblies, doors, windows, roofs, panels and other space-dividing building elements. It may also be have applications in sectors other than the building industry, although these are beyond the scope.

    1.2 The primary quantity reported by this standard is Intensity Transmission Loss (ITL) and shall not be given another name. Similarly, the single-number rating Intensity Sound Transmission Class (ISTC) derived from the measured ITL shall not be given any other name.

    1.3 This test method may be used to reveal the sound radiation characteristics of a partition or portion thereof.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    Note 1—The method for measuring the sound intensity radiated by the building element under test defined by this ASTM standard meets or exceeds those of ISO 15186-1. Special consideration will have to be given to requirements for the source room and specimen mounting if compliance with ISO 15186-1 is also desired as they differ from those of this standard.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C634 Terminology Relating to Building and Environmental Acoustics

    E90 Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Sound Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements

    E336 Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Sound Attenuation between Rooms in Buildings

    E413 Classification for Rating Sound Insulation


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.120.20 (Acoustics in buildings. Sound insulation)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41110000(Measuring and observing and testing instruments); 30162400(Partition walls)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2249-02R08

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