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Source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 174, 1976.

Source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 174, 1976.

does not block their line of sight (L/S) and therefore provides no attenuation. No matter how absorptive the barrier is, it cannot pull the sound downward and absorb it.

Second, noise follows a diffracted path to receivers in the shadow zone of the barrier. The noise that passes just over the top edge of the barrier is diffracted (bent) down into the apparent shadow shown in the figure. The larger the angle of diffraction, the more the barrier attenuates the noise in this shadow zone. In other words, less energy is diffracted through large angles than through smaller angles.

Third, in the shadow zone, the noise transmitted di-

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