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SoundBreaking Noise Reduction
For many noise problems, we can get the diagnostic information we need via your smartphone and then email you the costed options for local implementation. This free service reduces typical project costs by c 80%. Previous users saved $1m from a $1.25m contract and £28k from a £31k quote. Why not check your options?
Noise problems? Get a free 2nd opinion by email to see if there’s a better, lower cost option available.
Email us smartphone data for a precise and free diagnosis of your noise problems and your costed options.
We can provide optimum, low cost solutions to a growing proportion of noise control problems by email.
We can give you instant access by email to noise control best practice from across the globe. Innovative technology from our database reduces typical project costs by 50% – 80%. We can usually acquire the diagnostic information we need from simple smartphone data and then provide you with costed options, followed by detailed solutions that you can implement locally. Fast, efficient and low cost.
Noise control problem or project proposal? Get instant, no cost 2nd opinions by email to determine if there are better techniques available anywhere to dramatically reduce project times and costs. A very large proportion of noise control projects are not based on current best practice…
Noise Control by Remote Control – the Process…
- Contact us – call or email to discuss the noise problem and the information we need.
- Email us information/recordings – photographs, noise levels and smartphone recordings/video samples (if required).
- Analysis and diagnosis – we review the data; strip and analyse the video sound-track; assess the options against our noise control database and past experience. Provide you with the detailed results and/or an assessment of the noise control options using current Best Available Technology with estimates of the costs and potential noise reductions. This can then be used as evidence of what constitutes best practice to solve the problem. As the solution is usually so much cheaper, simpler and easier to implement than previously expected (see remote control case studies for examples), it becomes the obvious next step.
- Detailed noise control recommendations – in many simple cases, we can subsequently provide detailed low-cost noise control recommendations based on the information supplied. This includes drawings, material specifications and potential suppliers in sufficient detail for a local contractor to implement the recommendations. In more complex cases, a site visit might be required at this stage.
Remote Control of Fan Noise
We have carried out numerous fan noise control projects across the globe. Use the following procedure to get a free evaluation of the costed options – or a second opinion. Where our innovative fan noise control technology is appropriate, 80% cost savings and as much as 20% improved efficiency are possible compared with conventional silencing.
- Photos of the fan installation – both of the fan itself (from both sides) and of the surrounding structure (ductwork, stack etc).
- For environmental noise problems, a smartphone audio recording or short video clip (c 20 secs) taken at a location where you can clearly hear the fan tonal noise, but at some distance from the fans themselves. Usually, the best location is either out towards the problem area (if you can clearly hear the fan during the day and there are few other noise sources to interfere) or at the site boundary. In either case, we need a recording that illustrates the problem noise – i.e. play it back to check you can hear the drone/tone/hum etc.
- Short audio or video recording close to the fan (c 2m – 5m) for the local noise environment.
- Fan speed and number of blades on the impeller.
- Repeat the above for each fan if there are multiple fans – although we may only need one off-site recording.
Email the above to us and we can then analyse the sound-track/recording for tonal content and match it with the physical characteristics of the fans. At this point, we can usually cost the noise control options using current best practice.
Remote Control of Noise Case Studies
Wood Burning Power Station Fan – USA: silencer deleted, improved efficiency, less noise
The efficiency of a 3m, 1.5MW wood burning boiler fan installed at Schiller power station in New Hampshire (one of the largest renewable energy projects in the U.S.) was dramatically improved by replacing a traditional silencer with our aerodynamic noise control technology. The fan feeds a stack that included a large conventional silencer to prevent noise complaints from local residents. As the silencer had a drastic impact on fan efficiency, it was removed and our aerodynamic source control technology retro-fitted within a 12-hour downtime window. This not only eliminated the low-frequency tonal noise problem at a minute fraction of the cost of the silencer it had usurped, but as it also reduced the fan to power consumption, it soon paid for itself.
This international project was managed remotely from our UK offices. By analysing and interpreting data acquired locally to our specifications, we were able to dispense with site visits and reduce the entire process from initial contact to problem solved to a matter of weeks.
Offshore Hydraulic Power Pack Acoustic Enclosure Design
The manufacturer of hydraulic power packs for offshore use had to meet a tight customer noise specification. As the pack had to be fitted with a frame anyway, we designed the technical features of the acoustic enclosure panels and silencers in conjunction with SoundDampedSteel who supplied both the highly damped laminated steel used and the enclosure itself. Our involvement was carried out entirely by email and mobile phone (live pictures from site).
Vibrating Sieve Diagnosis and Control
Analysis of the video sound-track shot outside the complainant’s house and close to potential noise sources on an industrial site allowed us to pin-down the source of the low frequency tone that had been the cause of long term complaints. Based on the mechanical information provided, we proved that the culprit was not the fan previously diagnosed locally, but a vibratory sieve. We then provided a virtually cost-free modification (mechanical disconnection from the building steelwork) to solve the problem. The whole process cost a few hundred pounds and only took a few days.
Vane Compressors Installation and Retro-Fit Intake Silencers
A pair of air compressors installed in a plant room were generating noise levels well above the specified 80dB(A). We discussed the installation with the contractor, who then took some basic noise measurements plus photographs which were forwarded by email. We designed the silencers and wall treatment, returned the recommendations and solved the problem within a few days. The whole project cost less than a site visit…
Large Industrial Fans
As a result of complaints about noise from 2 large centrifugal fans on a factory roof, the company spent £40k – £50k on acoustic lagging – which had no effect on noise levels. The result was a prolonged wrangle with the authorities – who eventually asked the company to get a 2nd opinion from us.
They forwarded a video-clip. Analysis of the sound-track proved that the problem was a pair of tones at the blade-pass frequencies of the fans and 1st harmonics that were interfering and “beating” with each other. We designed the solution (Quiet Fan technology – retro-fit attenuation without silencers) that eliminated the tones as a feature within a few weeks and at a fraction of the cost of conventional alternatives and with only a single site visit required – the rest of the work was done by email.fan-noise-control
Garage Dealership Office Chiller Noise Control
Highly tonal noise from these chillers had been the cause of complaint for some considerable time. The company had already attempted acoustic enclosure with the result that the chillers had over-heated. The EHO sent us sound recordings, photographs and noise levels. Once analysed, we were able to say that the noise problem could be resolved for a few hundred pounds without running the risk of chiller problems. Once this information was passed on to the garage, they contacted us and we supplied them with detailed drawings that they used to get the silencers made locally. Problem solved…