Noise generation in ventilation systems by the

Waddington, DC ORCID: and Oldham, DJ 2008, 'Noise generation in ventilation systems by the' , Building Acoustics, 15 (1) , pp. 49-71.

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Earlier work on devising generalised noise prediction techniques for ventilation system elements based upon simple bend configurations has been extended to the study of the noise generated by branch take-offs. These configurations are more complex than simple bends as there is a divergence of the airflow. The simple semi-empirical technique proposed by Oldham and Ukpoho, based upon a modified version of the Nelson and Morfey equations, has been employed to collapse the experimental data. A good collapse of normalised data is seen for each component. Furthermore, a single collapsed data curve is proposed for each main/branch diameter ratio for all circular junctions. The resulting curves were found to be very similar for most configurations examined and to have a form similar to those of the bends considered in the earlier work. The general form is characterized by a region for which the Strouhal number is less than two over which the value of 20log[K(St)] falls at a rate of approximately of 40 dB per decade. For Strouhal numbers greater than two the curve is approximately linear and falls with increasing Strouhal number at a rate of approximately 65 dB per decade. The results indicate that a method based upon pressure loss characteristics could form the basis of a technique for predicting the airflow generated noise due to branch take-offs in circular ductwork. However, it is not proven that a single universal curve for the prediction of the airflow generated noise due to any duct component exists, but this work lends support to the theory that a range of component specific curves might exist and provide a means of accurately predicting airflow generated noise in ventilation systems.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Oldham, DJ (Author)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Building Acoustics
Publisher: Multi-Science Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1351-010X
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: DC Waddington
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 19:26
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 14:50

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