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Trane Acoustics Program (TAP)

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Developed to help designers accurately model the sound level reaching building tenant's ears, the Trane Acoustics Program (TAP) "projects" equipment sound power data through the surroundings (e.g., floors, ductwork, walls), to estimate the sound level that will be heard. Industry-standard calculations published by ASHRAE's 1991 Algorithms for HVAC Acoustics handbook are the basis for this estimate. In TAP, you can model the conditions of an HVAC system by choosing specific equipment and building component criteria. TAP will analyze the sound path and calculate the total effect for the enclosed space.

You can continuously adjust the data and system design criteria to compare the results effortlessly. TAP will even plot presentation quality graphs of NC or RC levels. The Windows-based format means:

  • Easy-to-use Windows environment
  • Double click functionality
  • On-line help documentation
  • Professional presentation outputs

When multiple paths are involved (i.e., discharge airborne, duct breakout, return and/or casing-radiated), TAP not only determines the overall sound level at the receiver, but also how much of that sound each path contributes. Customize the descriptions of equipment and building components that generate, attenuate, reduce or regenerate sound. From your input, TAP will accurately model the sound level that will be heard by the building's tenants. Quickly design alternate systems and compare the results on presentation quality graphs. TAP has a built-in graphing function that plots the analysis results on an NC or RC chart.

Expertise Required: 

Understanding of HVAC acoustics.

Audience: 

HVAC designers, others interested in HVAC noise and acoustics.

Input: 

Description of sound paths from HVAC equipment and systems through floors, ductwork, and walls.

Output: 

Analysis results can be viewed on screen or printed either as a series of detailed tables or as plots on an NC or RC chart with TAP's built-in graphing function.

Strengths: 

Evaluating the total effect of sound in an enclosed space requires many complex mathematical equations. Solving those equations manually takes hours of precious design time and is prone to error. TAP streamlines this analysis task with easy-to-use menus and dialog boxes that help the user create pictorial diagrams of sound paths. As path elements are added, moved or deleted, TAP dynamically recalculates the resulting sound power levels; and when multiple paths are involved, TAP not only determines the overall sound level at the receiver, but also how much of that sound each path contributes.

Country: 
United States
Major Capabilities: 
Other
Platform: 
Windows
Pricing: 
Free To Try
Last Software Update: 
21 September 2012
Last Entry Update: 
23 March 2016
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