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Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering

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LIMA, Fabiano R. et al. Uncertainty calculation for hearing protector noise attenuation measurements by REAT method. J. Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci. & Eng. [online]. 2010, vol.32, n.1, pp.28-36. ISSN 1678-5878.

The objective of this paper is to quantify the uncertainty of hearing protector attenuation measurements and present the metrology study necessary for the accreditation of the Industrial Noise Laboratory (LARI) at The Federal University of Santa Catarina and Individual Protection Equipment laboratory (LAEPI) of NR consultancy Ltda. - Brazil for hearing protector noise attenuation procedures using the "Real Ear Attenuation at Threshold - REAT" method of the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Quality - INMETRO. A model for the calculation of measurement uncertainty was developed based on the document: "Guide to expression of uncertainty in measurement" published by the International Organization for Standardization, first edition, corrected and reprinted in 1995, Geneva, Switzerland. The uncertainty of each source of error was estimated and the overall uncertainty of the hearing protector noise attenuation measurement was calculated for each 1/1 octave band frequency and the results used in the single number (NRRsf - Noise Reduction Rating for subject fit) uncertainty calculation. It was concluded that the largest uncertainty is due to the determination of the subject hearing thresholds.

Palavras-chave : uncertainty; hearing protector; noise attenuation.

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