Professor David Waddington

Professor in Environmental Acoustics

Office Times

“Please contact me via email for an appointment”

Biography

I am the Professor in Environmental Acoustics in the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford. I am an internationally recognised researcher in the areas of outdoor sound propagation, and the human response to vibration and noise. With over 25 years of experience in acoustics research and consultancy, I have worked on nationally and internationally recognised standards and policy documents. Recent projects include the Defra NANR209 ‘Human response to vibration in residential environments’, rewriting the Environment Agency H3 Guidance note for Noise and Vibration, and the EU FP7 funded ‘Cargovibes’ project concerning vibration from rail freight. I am highly active in the Institute of Acoustics including the Environmental Noise Group Committee, as a workshop organiser and speaker, and as examiner for IOA Diploma Environmental Noise Specialist Module. I teach the Environmental Acoustics and Engineering Noise Control at the University of Salford, where I am also Programme Leader for the MSc Acoustics course.

Teaching

I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Environmental Acoustics course.  I teach Environmental Acoustics at UG and PG level, which means that I regularly bring ‘research into teaching’ students through stimulating discussion. I am a member of the IOA Environmental Noise Group, and also teach IOA Diploma courses for which I am specialist examiner on Environmental Noise. This means that I frequently bring the latest developments in policy, consultancy and industry to the attention of the students in the classroom. I likewise create opportunities for taught UG and PG projects to be associated with the longer term projects, and to bring ‘research into enterprise’.

Research Interests

Since my appointment as Reader in August 2009 I have built up a multidisciplinary ‘Human response to vibrations’ team with a critical mass of researchers with recognised world class ability and achievements, and have led this team to international prominence in an influential field of research. Main areas of interest are noise and vibration from rail and from construction activities .

As Project Manager I inspired my team to work especially hard to implement Quality Assurance systems for compliance with the Joint Code of Practice for Research (JCoPR) for our Defra NANR209 contract commencing in 2008. In 2010 my research team were independently audited by UKAS. The conclusion of UKAS was that the Quality systems developed by my team within which their research is performed were ‘amongst the best, if not the best’.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD Acoustics, Salford (1986-1990)
  • MSc DSP Applications in Communication Systems, Lancaster (1995-1996)
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Electronics, UMIST (1983-1986)
  • Member of the Institute of Acoustics, including Environmental Noise Group Committee and examiner for IOA Diploma Environmental Noise Specialist Module
  • Member of the Acoustical Society of America

Publications

Journal papers

Peris, E. et al., 2012. Annoyance due to railway vibration at different times of the day. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(2), p.191–196. Available at: http://link.aip.org/link/?JASMAN/131/EL191/1 [Accessed February 17, 2012].

Kerry, G., Waddington, D., & Lomax, C. (2011). Living with helicopter noise - evaluating sound insulation techniques for domestic dwellings using real helicopters. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 32(4).

Waddington, D. (2011). Emerging Government Planning Policy: What Does it Mean for Practicing Acousticians? Acoustics Bulletin, 36(5), 6-8.

Waddington, D., Clayton, T., Fiumicelli, D., Clarke, T., & Mitchell, S. (2011). The Noise Policy Statement for England: Significance, application and implications. Acoustics Bulletin, 20-27.

Waddington, D C & Oldham, D.J., 2008. Noise generation in ventilation systems by the interaction of airflow with duct discontinuities: Part 2 Takeoffs. Building Acoustics, 15(1).

Waddington, David C & Angus, Jamie A S, 2007. A spread spectrum technique for the study of outdoor noise propagation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122(5), p.2669-2678.

Waddington, D C & Oldham, D.J., 2007. Noise generation in ventilation systems by the interaction of airflow with duct discontinuities: Part 1 Bends. Building Acoustics, 14(3), p.179-201.

Oldham, D.J. & Waddington, D C, 2007. Aerodynamic sound generation in low speed flow ducts. In M. Crocker, ed. Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Conference papers

Woodcock, J. et al., 2011. Human response to vibration in residential environments: Establishing exposure-response relationships. In ICBEN. London, UK.

Waddington, David et al., 2011. Human response to vibration in residential environments: Where are we now? In Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics. Glasgow, UK.

Waddington, David et al., 2011. A Brief Summary of the Defra NANR209 Project “Human Response to Vibration in Residential Environments.” In 46th UK Conference on Human Response to Vibration. Buxton, UK: Health and Safety Laboratory.

Sica, G. et al., 2011. Human response to vibration in residential environments: Estimation of vibration exposure in residential environments. In ICBEN. London, UK.

Peris, E. et al., 2011. Human response to vibration in residential environments: Community reaction to railway vibration at different times of the day. In ICBEN. London, UK.

Koziel, Z. et al., 2011. Human response to vibration in residential environments: Calculation of noise exposure. In ICBEN. London, UK.

Fiumicelli, Dani & Waddington, David C., 2011. Residential development near industrial noise emitters. In ICBEN. London, UK.

Clayton, Tony & Waddington, David C., 2011. Some implications of the Noise Policy Statement for England for the Regulation and Permitting of Industry by the Environment Agency of England. In ICBEN. London, UK.