Nescot College’s new Acoustics Chamber will be a “valuable addition to learning resources” at the Epsom-based centre, said Simon Kahn, Chairman of the Institute of Acoustics Education Committee.
“It will be particularly useful for students and practising consultants who are likely to have experience of field measurements but may not have the opportunity to take measurements in controlled laboratory conditions,” said Simon, who recently officially opened the Chamber.
Guests at the opening were shown around the facility by Dr R. N. Vasudevan (Latha), Head of Acoustics at the College, and Mark Foster, Director of Higher Education at Nescot.
The College is one of about 30 educational facilities offering specialist IOA courses throughout the UK and Ireland. The training courses are: Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment, Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement.
The Nescot Acoustics Chamber, which will help teach engineering measurement and survey techniques, is an exciting new resource for students’ practical and project work. It contains a reverberant chamber with silenced air supply and a semi-anechoic room. Its test chamber is built from 100mm thick double-skin prefabricated panels.
The facility is also available for those in industry wanting to conduct acoustic tests involving the determination of sound power of small sources such as fan coil units, domestic appliances and other equipment.
Simon said: “The new Acoustics Chamber will be a valuable addition to the learning resources in acoustics at Nescot, allowing students to make acoustic measurements in a range of different acoustics and gain a better understanding of the use of acoustic measuring equipment in a variety of situations.
“The chamber may also be a useful addition to the acoustic laboratories available to commercial consultancies and product designers for acoustic testing of products and systems.”
He said he was “very pleased” to be asked to speak at the opening: “The IOA Diploma and short courses are widely recognised as specialist qualifications for professional practitioners in acoustics. Nescot has been a key centre for many years, with tutors who are members of the Institute’s education committee”.