Articles 2016 from WAVES Magazine


All quiet on board

Noise is a significant issue for anyone working on ships. Even moderate noise and vibration can affect comfort and lead to a drop in performance. Professor Hideyuki Shuri, an authority on ship noise, has been working for many years to overcome the challenges.


CAF - On The Right Track

High-speed train manufacturer, CAF, rely on world-class beamforming technology to reduce the noise generated by their trains – helping to make high-speed trains a more viable option for travellers and operators alike.


Can you play the Asphaltophone?

When you drive over lumps and bumps on the road, the sounds rumble up into your car. But you might be surprised to learn just how much road makers can control theses sounds.


Class-D technology: Enhancing sound quality

Class-D audio systems are the practical choice when you need more audio power.


COMAC’s great LEAP

When China’s first large jet lifts its wheels from the runway, two new LEAP engines will power it into the skies. But before the aircraft could be certified to fly, COMAC needed to map how the LEAP’s acoustic energy will impact the structure – long before it actually flew.


Developing a smoother ride

Supporting safer and more comfortable vehicles, Sumitomo Riko uses advanced polymer materials and comprehensive evaluation technology to manufacture anti-vibration rubber for the automotive industry.


Driving simulation in top gear

Today’s automotive engineers want the most realistic simulated driving scenarios, capturing essential vehicle characteristics, including sound. A driving simulator facilitates active safety tests and lets drivers evaluate different set-ups and feel the dynamics of a virtual car.


Five questions for Yumiko Sakamoto

35-year-old Yumiko Sakamoto from Tokyo, Japan, who once studied pipe organs, juggles two roles for Brüel & Kjær. She is both an Automotive Application Engineer and a Marketing Manager. Knitting is a great passion that sometimes continues well into the night


Five questions for Zhigang Zhu

At 37, Zhigang Chu is not only a Chief Engineer of Technical Support Team with Brüel & Kjær China but also an Associate Professor at Chongqing University.


Good vibrations...

What happens when a budding rock star trades in his electric guitar for medical books? In Peter Michael Nielsen’s case, the result is an invention that relieves pain in a unique way.


Just not in the mood

Brüel & Kjær received an unusual request from a Danish film-producer, who was working on a documentary on spiders.


Lost in Limoges – The art of being a good neighbour

Iggy Pop, The Shoes, Fakear – just a few of the headline acts at the Lost in Limoges festival. It is the summer of 2016 and the former military site Mas de l’Âge comes alive as 10,000 music fans descend on the small French town of Couzeix near Limoges.


Measuring vibration characteristics in seating

A long commute is often stressful and tiring, so comfortable seating becomes increasingly important for drivers as well as passengers. But how do we test the overall comfort quality of seats?


Nothing runs like a Deere

Whether harvesting forests, digging foundations, or propelling ships, people depend on John Deere’s engines to get things done.


Partnering to reach new testing heights

To accelerate development of its high-accuracy inertial systems and put in place state-of-the-art on-site testing practices, iXblue traded its external test lab for its own on-site test facility.


Predicting EV Warning Sounds

Electric vehicles (EVs) are so quiet at low speeds that they can be a danger to pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users. So the challenge for car manufacturers is to create sounds that are detectable but not annoying.


Prone to excellence

French engineering student Raphaël Chevalier has developed a device that helps Olympic prone shooters improve their accuracy by up to 24%.


Savings in the pipeline

According to the EU, one of our most promising untapped sources of renewable energy is the energy we can save by mitigating leakage and waste. Arne Jensen is at the forefront of harnessing wasted energy with his acoustic technology that detects and stops leakage in district heating systems – before it even begins.


Sound art in extremis: Mapping the sound ecology of Antarctic weather

Sound artist and RMIT University academic, Dr Philip Samartzis, travelled to the Antarctic’s Casey Station as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow in early 2016, to explore the interaction of katabatic wind with the built and natural environments.


Tapping into the acoustic properties of a watermelon

Many of our customers are engineers, and the different applications they explore outside the scope of their daily work are quite extraordinary.


Ten years with the ARC

This year, the MSC Application Research Center (ARC) lab, located just outside Detroit, Michigan, celebrates its 10-year anniversary.


The longest echo

In 2014, acoustics expert Trevor Cox crawled through a narrow pipe into a subterranean oil tank in Inchindown, Scotland ...


The quietest place in the world

Microsoft® has a vision to make our devices so effortless to use that they all but disappear. And since sound quality holds the key, they have purpose-built a series of anechoic chambers for testing, which includes the quietest place in the world.


The screaming void: An hour in an anechoic chamber

As you walk into an anechoic chamber, you enter a strange new world: spiky, soft walls enclose every surface of the room. And when you look down, the floor is just a see-through mesh.


Top quality calls for Huawei

Suddenly Huawei phones are everywhere. That’s how the mobile phone market goes: rapidly changing to suit our demands. First came SMS messages, then selfies and video calls.


Tunnel vision

High in the French Alps on what could be a James Bond film set, ONERA’s large wind tunnel helps to perfect future aircraft. As they master the challenges of extracting precise acoustic data, ONERA Modane will soon offer a one-stop shop for both aerodynamics and aircraft noise.


Universal man

He writes academic books, carries out scientific research, presents TV documentaries, makes radio appearances, writes science books and presents science shows reaching 15,000 schoolchildren.