Two university researchers have been pulled into action to pinpoint the source of a mysterious humming noise that has disrupted the lives of west-end residents of Windsor, Ontario over the past two years.
“Hopefully we can find what the source is and do something to rectify it,” says Colin Novak, a University of Windsor engineering professor who specializes in noise, vibration and acoustic measurement. He’ll be joined in the hunt by Peter Brown, a physics professor at Western University. The two were provided with $60,000 in funding by the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to conduct their search.
Dr. Novak plans to install low-frequency noise monitoring stations near the presumed source of the hum, which is a heavily industrialized island in the Detroit River on the U.S. side of the border. The devices will remain in location for up to five months, constantly recording noise and alerting Dr. Novak via email whenever they pick up anything within the frequency range the researchers suspect the hum is in.
Once the source of the hum is located, the researchers hope to characterize the sound through a process called spacial filtering to figure out what is causing the noise.