Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories (RAL) was built by Colonel George Fabyan for Wallace Clement Sabine in 1918. The test chamber dimensions, construction materials, and isolation specifications were carefully engineered by Mr. Sabine.
After Wallace Clement Sabine passed away in 1919, the task of managing laboratory operations was granted to Paul Sabine, who refined the test methods and developed RAL into a successful business. After Paul retired, the lab operations were handed to the Armour Research Foundation (ARF) of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The ARF was renamed Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI) in 1963. IITRI funded a large enhancement to the RAL operation in the 1960s, which included a new Transmission Loss facility.
Today, RAL maintains a NVLAP accredited testing operation in the Riverbank facility for prominent acoustical material manufacturers and government agencies.
With a staff of experts and advanced equipment, including five reverberation chambers as well as a fully equipped machine and tool shop, our team provides certified testing and analysis for sound transmission, absorption, and intensity for all kinds of building materials and consumer items, ranging from engines to hair dryers. We also perform a variety of environmental and building acoustics testing in remote field locations.
The principal tests performed in the reverberation chambers involve sound absorption, sound transmission loss, impact sound transmission, sound power, sound pressure, and dB(A) measurements — all of which are monitored in a central control room. Whether NRC tests, E90 testing, STC tests, or other acoustical testing, we provide clients with printouts, including both data and graphical presentations, immediately following the completion of each test.