Industrial Fan Noise

Industrial Fan Noise – Case Study

Situation:

Blower Casing shown with Unger's removable sound blanket.

Blower Casing shown with Unger’s removable sound blanket.

A manufacturing plant contacted eNoise Control, Inc. to review noise exposure from several of its variable frequency belt-driven centrifugal fans. We conducted
sound level readings around the Chicago Blowers and noted low and mid-frequency levels between 90-91 dB(A), 5 feet from the fans. Our client expressed a need to access the machines for routine maintenance. They also did not desire a fully closed sound enclosure because of ventilation and lighting concerns.

Solution:

We determined noise sources associated with this fan were generated by the variable speed driven motors and the fan casings. The variable speed drives where re-tuned by the equipment supplier with little reduction in noise. After this option was tried, Unger suggested a removable sound blanket wrap be installed on the fan housing and then a perimeter sound curtain system be installed to completely enclose the motors.

We supplied our rugged industrial sound curtains with a ceiling suspended steel track. Our Acoustical Consultants engineered modular, sliding sound curtain panels on a double track to allow the customer multiple access points into the enclosure.

The sound reduction was measured at 12 decibels, thus achieving the customers acoustic goals well below 85 dBA.

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Fan noise reduced with sliding access sound curtain

Blower casing shown with Unger’s removable sound blanket

Modular sound curtains used on double sliding track

Industrial Fan Noise Remediation

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