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Infrasound and low frequency noise from wind turbines: exposure and health effects
Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan.
Karolinska Institute.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Karolinska Institute.
2011 (English)In: Environmental Research Letters, ISSN 1748-9326, Vol. 6, no 3, 035103- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Wind turbines emit low frequency noise (LFN) and large turbines generally generate more LFN than small turbines. The dominant source of LFN is the interaction between incoming turbulence and the blades. Measurements suggest that indoor levels of LFN in dwellings typically are within recommended guideline values, provided that the outdoor level does not exceed corresponding guidelines for facade exposure. Three cross-sectional questionnaire studies show that annoyance from wind turbine noise is related to the immission level, but several explanations other than low frequency noise are probable. A statistically significant association between noise levels and self-reported sleep disturbance was found in two of the three studies. It has been suggested that LFN from wind turbines causes other, and more serious, health problems, but empirical support for these claims is lacking.

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Institute of Physics , 2011. Vol. 6, no 3, 035103- p.
Keyword [en]
wind turbine noise, infrasound, low frequency noise
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71561DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/6/3/035103ISI: 000295327900043OAI: diva2:450514
Funding Agencies|Swedish Environmental Protection Agency||Swedish Research Council Formas||Available from: 2011-10-21 Created: 2011-10-21 Last updated: 2011-10-24

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