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Effects Of Time Varying Background Noise Conditions On Human Perception And Performance, Andrew H. Hathaway Dec 2013

Effects Of Time Varying Background Noise Conditions On Human Perception And Performance, Andrew H. Hathaway

Architectural Engineering -- Dissertations and Student Research

This thesis was designed to study the effects of changing noise conditions on human perception and performance. In two phases, participants were exposed to a number of noise conditions and their performance on an arithmetic task involving short-term memory was monitored and their subjective perception of noise conditions was collected via questionnaires.

In the first phase, participants were tested while being subjected to RC-29(H) and RC-47(RV) conditions created by broadband noise fluctuating on different time intervals, resembling the changing noise conditions potentially found in modern HVAC systems. These intervals varied from two minutes to ten minutes. Results show ...


A Simple Method For Estimation Of Queue Length, S. P. Anusha, Lelitha Devi Vanajakshi, Anuj Sharma Dec 2013

A Simple Method For Estimation Of Queue Length, S. P. Anusha, Lelitha Devi Vanajakshi, Anuj Sharma

Civil Engineering Faculty Publications

Urban arterials are characterized by frequent intersections. Queue length and delay are the two primary measures of performance of intersection. These measures play a primary role in determining the arterial performance. This article presents a methodology to determine the number of vehicles in queue at a signalized intersection for under saturated traffic conditions. The results obtained were validated using actual values that are manually extracted. The root-mean-square error is of the range 1.3 vehicles for estimation of number of vehicles in queue. The various aspects that have to be considered in accurate estimation of performance measures are also discussed.


Nuts & Bolts, Volume 1, Issue 4 Nov 2013

Nuts & Bolts, Volume 1, Issue 4

Friends of the Larsen Tractor Museum

Splinter Gallery Construction

Restoration Club

Museum OLLI Program

Free Webinar: Ethanol in Legacy Engines


Investigation Of Sound Transmission Through An Open Window Into A Room, Caleb F. Sieck Aug 2013

Investigation Of Sound Transmission Through An Open Window Into A Room, Caleb F. Sieck

Architectural Engineering -- Dissertations and Student Research

In recent decades, noise levels in cities and the associated annoyance and health consequences have become regular topics of discussion. As a result, the assessment of environmental noise transmitting into buildings has received much attention. Current models of sound transmission through open windows have either neglected their thickness or the presence of a room behind on one side. The objectives of the present work were to (1) develop an accurate analytical model of sound transmission through an open window of finite thickness into a room, (2) verify the analytical model using a finite element model and experimental measurements, and (3 ...


Friends Of The Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum Newsletter, Spring 2013 May 2013

Friends Of The Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum Newsletter, Spring 2013

Friends of the Larsen Tractor Museum

Membership renewal

Annual Meeting, May 17, 2013

Honoring William E. Splinter


Nuts & Bolts, Volume 1, Issue 3 May 2013

Nuts & Bolts, Volume 1, Issue 3

Friends of the Larsen Tractor Museum

Museum Open House
Calling All Tractor Clubs
Allis WC Donation
Tractor Show Information


Environmentally Friendly Sizing Agent From Corn Distillers Dried Grains, Yue Zhang May 2013

Environmentally Friendly Sizing Agent From Corn Distillers Dried Grains, Yue Zhang

Public Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

Distillers dried grains (DDGS), the coproducts of corn ethanol production, were used as a textile sizing agent on cotton, polyester and polyester/cotton blends in an effort to find inexpensive and biodegradable alternatives to sizing agents such as poly(vinyl alcohol) that are currently used. Although DDGS is an inexpensive, biodegradable and abundant co-product, it has limited industrial applications. DDGS is a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins and oil which are used as sizing agents or as size additives. The effects of DDGS extraction conditions on sizing evaluation parameters such as fiber adhesion, film properties, viscosity and fabric abrasion were studied ...


Multi-Objective Time-Cost Optimization Using Cobb-Douglas Production Function And Hybrid Genetic Algorithm, Zhigang Shen, Ashkan Hassani, Qian Shi Apr 2013

Multi-Objective Time-Cost Optimization Using Cobb-Douglas Production Function And Hybrid Genetic Algorithm, Zhigang Shen, Ashkan Hassani, Qian Shi

Architectural Engineering -- Faculty Publications

Existing research on construction time-cost tradeoff issues rarely explore the origin of the crashing cost. Crashing cost function was either assumed without much justification, or came from historical data of some real projects. As a result the conclusions of the papers can hardly be used to guide allocations of labor and equipment resources respectively. The authors believe Cobb-Douglas function provides a much-needed piece to modeling the cost functions in the construction time-cost tradeoff problem during the crashing process. We believe this new perspective fills a gap of existing time-cost tradeoff research by considering project duration, labor and equipment cost as ...


Nuts & Bolts, Volume 1, Issue 2 Jan 2013

Nuts & Bolts, Volume 1, Issue 2

Friends of the Larsen Tractor Museum

New Exhibit Opens
Bill Splinter Memorial
Museum Needs
Fun Facts ... and other non-sense
From Lou's Desk by lou leviticus
Flipping A Fordson
What I've Learned notes from the manager
Museum Updates
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Effects Of Reverberation And Noise On Speech Comprehension By Native And Non-Native English-Speaking Listeners, Z. Ellen Peng, Lily M. Wang, Siu-Kit Lau, Adam M. Steinbach Jan 2013

Effects Of Reverberation And Noise On Speech Comprehension By Native And Non-Native English-Speaking Listeners, Z. Ellen Peng, Lily M. Wang, Siu-Kit Lau, Adam M. Steinbach

Architectural Engineering -- Faculty Publications

Previous studies have demonstrated the negative impact of adverse signal-to-noise-ratios on non-native English-speaking listeners' performance on speech recognition using recall tasks, as well as implied that comprehension skills were more impaired than recognition skills under reverberation and noise. The authors have themselves previously conducted a pilot study on three native and three non-native Englishspeaking listeners to examine the effects of reverberation and noise using speech comprehension tasks. Those results suggested that speech comprehension performance is worse under longer reverberation times (RT), and that a longer RT is more detrimental to speech comprehension by non-native listeners than native listeners. This paper ...


Acoustic Tweets And Blogs: Using Social Media In An Undergraduate Acoustics Course, Lily M. Wang Jan 2013

Acoustic Tweets And Blogs: Using Social Media In An Undergraduate Acoustics Course, Lily M. Wang

Architectural Engineering -- Faculty Publications

Each fall, the author teaches an undergraduate architectural acoustics course to around 40 third-year architectural engineering students at the University of Nebraska. Beginning in 2011, a social media component was introduced to explore the use of this technology and how it may supplement the students' learning experience. Students were given an opportunity to receive extra credit by using Twitter and/or blogging about course material using a set hashtag (#AE3300) or through the course website. Results were positive, and the author will discuss pros and cons that she has experienced in adding this social media component. Suggestions for future implementations ...