Acoustic Warning Device Evaluation

Acoustic warning devices truly pose a three-horned dilemma: a device must be capable of alerting motorists to the train's approach, not annoy residents, and not damage train crew hearing. This project examines new technology, such as hypersound, that might be able to resolve this dilemma and the combination of acoustic characteristics that might be manipulated to achieve an effective warning that does not annoy or damage crew hearing. This project is examining the spectral characteristics of devices, timing and duration of sound and no-sound intervals, etc., to improve device effectiveness.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Human Factors


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Raslear, Tom

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Start Date: 20061001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091001
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30751

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01465238
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:57PM