Assessment of the RLS 90 calculation method for predicting road traffic noise in Colombian conditions




noise mapping, road noise, RLS 90, interpolation


This paper presents an evaluation of the German standard RLS 90 (Richtlinien für den Lärmschutz an Straben) for the estimation of noise levels produced by the traffic flow in Colombian conditions. For this, environmental noise measurements and relevant information required to simulate road noise were taken in two different areas of the City of Medellín. From the collected data, simulations were performed using the commercial package SoundPLAN. The influence of the input data on the accuracy of the noise levels was assessed by means of the total expanded uncertainty of the noise maps. Furthermore, RLS 90 was compared with an alternative approach based on interpolation methods. The results indicate that the use of RLS 90 allows noise levels to be predicted with good precision in areas where road noise predominates. Compared to the interpolation approach, it lets greater accuracy in the output data. Lastly, regarding the input data, the outcomes suggest that the variables related to the source characterization have the highest impact in the uncertainty of the simulation.

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Author Biographies

Diego Mauricio Murillo Gómez, University of Southampton - Universidad de San Buenaventura

Sound Engineer, Master in Urban Engineering, PhD candidate in Sound and Vibration. (ISVR - University of Southampton)

Research professor at the Universidad de San Buenaventura Medellín

Juan Camilo Gil Carvajal, Technical University of Denmark

Sound Engineer with experience in industrial and automotive noise modeling in the private sector. Currently a master's student in Acoustic Engineering (Technical University of Denmark).

Valentina Zapata Rodríguez, Technical University of Denmark

Sound Engineer with experience in acoustics and noise control in the public and private sectors. Currently a master's student in Acoustic Engineering (Technical University of Denmark).

José Julián Téllez García, Ingelel S.A.S, Aqustega S.A.S

Sound Engineer, product leader, extensive experience in acoustic projects of all kinds nationally and internationally.

Acoustic Account Manager at Ingelel S.A.S


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How to Cite

Murillo Gómez, D. M., Gil Carvajal, J. C., Zapata Rodríguez, V., & Téllez García, J. J. (2015). Assessment of the RLS 90 calculation method for predicting road traffic noise in Colombian conditions. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (75), 175–188.