Technical Tours

Acoustic Flight Lab – The Full Scale Vibro-Acoustic Flight Test in the Lab

AIRBUS / ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

Date: Wednesday, August 24 | Group 1 - 12:30 | Group 2 - 14:00
(15 persons max. each)
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Meeting place: will be announced after registration incl. itinerary
On-site at the registration desk (first come, first serve)
Costs: No additional costs, except for public transport

Hamburg’s ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research – the most advanced research center in the aviation business – is hosting the Acoustic Flight Lab demonstrator in one of the largest semi-anechoic chambers in Europe. The Acoustic Flight Lab demonstrator, owned by AIRBUS and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, is the leading-edge research and development platform for aircraft cabin acoustics. It is the result of the collaboration of AIRBUS, Hamburg’s universities, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as well as the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research. The technical visit includes an exclusive presentation of the full scale vibro-acoustic test facility and gives insights in ongoing research activities.

Soundwalks through the city of Hamburg

Listening as approach for designing sound quality for urban spaces

Guides: Trond Maag, Rikke Munck Petersen
Dates: Tuesday, August 23 | 13:00 |
Wednesday, August 23 | 10:00 | 13:00
Duration: approx. 1.5 hour
Meeting place: Registration desk (Entrance hall)
Registration: On-site at the registration desk (first come, first serve)

Urbanist Trond Maag and landscape architect Rikke Munck Petersen are inviting people interested in the design process of a city to join their sound walk to discover urban sonic spaces near the INTER-NOISE 2016 conference center. During the walk we will experience the acoustic variety and differences of urban spaces like squares, parks, streets and the materials used in these spaces. We will in particular focus on the way in which the building facades, roofs, city floor surfaces and the natural terrain interact on the different scales relevant to city sound quality. We will recognize that people always create a multisensory experience of space based particularly on visual, acoustic, and tactile information. The combination of acoustic experiences with other sensory experiences influences how people judge a listening situation. Such a multi-sensory design approach is necessary to provide good conditions for keeping and improving the value of public spaces and ensuring a high living quality.
Listening to urban spaces offers a perception of a city which differentiates itself from the visual perspective that is more common for planning and designing processes. It is part of a multi-sensory approach to developing public urban spaces based on the interrelationship between moving, listening and seeing, which are all equally important for the human experience. Listening, in particular when performed in sound walks, contributes to planning and designing the everyday city. Sound walks complement master plans, noise maps and mock-ups. They involve local people physically in the design process of public urban spaces. Professional participants get a chance to synchronize their ideas and develop sound quality judgements about a specific place. Sound walks are feasible steps within the
city making process because it enables participants to communicate the idea of a place’s qualities to other actors of the city.

(Photo: / Martin Brinckmann)
(Photo: / Jörg Modrow)