Uncertainty of sound power measurements of a reference sound source using the AHRI Standard 230 sound intensity method



The uncertainty of determining the sound power of HVAC equipment using the AHRI Standard 230 sound intensity measurement method is presented. Measurements of six different reference sound sources (RSS) at four different laboratories, by nineteen different individuals with four different instrumentation systems are presented. From 2004 through 2020, these measurements were performed as part of a training program at Johnson Controls HVAC test laboratories to qualify technicians and engineers on the use of sound intensity instrumentation. The results illustrate the reproducibility of sound intensity measurements using the scanning method of AHRI Standard 230.