Dynamic traffic noise assessment tool: A comparative study between a roundabout and a signalised intersection
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

Considering traffic flow as a steady noise source is common practice when studying traffic alternatives and its impact on the sound environment. However, vehicle dynamics have a strong influence on both transport behaviour and noise emission. One of the most relevant elements of traffic design is the intersection, where replacement of crossing intersections with roundabouts is common. In order to understand the features of these two traffic configurations, microscopic approaches are needed, making it possible to study time-pattern fluctuations relevant for the urban sound environment perception. A model based on individual-vehicle characteristics as function of time is developed and implemented in a real case study at a development stage. The model incorporates state-of-art microscopic traffic simulation software combined with the recent noise emission model, CNOSSOS-EU, applied through an in-house developed dynamic traffic noise tool, including both internal combustion engine and all-electric vehicles at different traffic flows. The tool is described in general terms incorporating the randomisation of source power. The propagation considers a flat-city configuration up to 100 m range. The tool enables study of different statistical indicators, including descriptors of probability density functions, calm periods through the novel indicator Centre of Mass Time (CMT) and noise events. The outcomes are presented through graphs and maps explaining traffic disruptions, acceleration effects, vehicle configurations and flows, source strengths, contribution and difference maps. Among the results, it is shown that, for the signalised crossing, the acceleration of the simulated traffic has a large effect on the source strength. It is however also shown that, for an unbalanced roundabout intersection leading to congestions, it can become noisier than the signalised crossing. It is furthermore shown that, when reducing the traffic flow, the two intersection types behave more similarly; however the roundabout having the best performance for the majority of the studied analysis. Further results are shown, e.g. for removing heavy vehicles, removing also medium heavy vehicles and assuming only all-electric light vehicles, including analysis from using various indicators. A discussion about the presented tool, the current results and ideas for future work concludes the paper. The present paper goes along a series of studies with the overall intention to provide a more solid basis for justifying decisions in traffic planning regarding the outdoor sound environment.


Traffic dynamics

Urban sound environment


Road traffic noise


Laura Estévez Mauriz

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Teknisk akustik

Jens Forssén

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Teknisk akustik

Applied Acoustics

0003-682X (ISSN) 1872910x (eISSN)

Vol. 130 71-86

The Urban Sound Planner (SONORUS)

Europeiska kommissionen (EU) (EC/FP7/290110), 2012-10-01 -- 2016-09-30.



Transportteknik och logistik

Annan naturresursteknik


Building Futures (2010-2018)



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