Urban noise impact model for Kuwait new railway: impact study

  • S. AlKhederEmail author
  • W. Abdullah
  • F. Al-Rukaibi
  • H. Al Sayegh
Original Paper


Transportation is responsible for producing high noise levels that negatively affect people’s life causing critical annoyance and sleep disturbance. Although railways are considered one of the most sustainable transport modes, considerable levels of noise are emitted from railways operation that should be controlled. This paper was developed in order to predict the noise effect of a new railway system in Kuwait. The calculation method was based on the national calculation method from the Netherlands. It was applied using the Predictor 5.04 commercial software. The overall emission levels in dB(A) were estimated using the SRM II propagation calculation method in octave bands. The studied areas near the rail line were analyzed from an acoustic point of view. Based on the calculation model, several isophone alternatives for these areas were produced. Finally, the alternatives were compared and classified according to their acoustic quality based on their surface lengths.


Acoustic quality Kuwait Noise Prediction Rail 



The authors wish to thank all who assisted in conducting this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. AlKheder
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. Abdullah
    • 1
  • F. Al-Rukaibi
    • 1
  • H. Al Sayegh
    • 2
  1. 1.Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering and PetroleumKuwait UniversityKuwaitKuwait
  2. 2.Kuwait United Development Co.Kuwait, DasmanKuwait

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