Low Frequency Noise Emission From a Natural Gas Compressor Station PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Manfred Sieminski

BEB Erdgas und Erdöl GmbH, Steimbke, Germany, FRG

Manfred Schneider

Werner Genest Consulting Engineers, Ludwigshafen, Germany, FRG

Paper No. 87-GT-61, pp. V003T06A006; 6 pages
  • ASME 1987 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibition
  • Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Anaheim, California, USA, May 31–June 4, 1987
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7925-2
  • Copyright © 1987 by ASME


Low Frequency Noise at Gas Turbines

A natural gas compressor station that was equipped with Hispano Suiza Turbines THM 1202 emitted high intensity noise between 20 Hz and 40 Hz, causing window vibrations and standing waves within the living rooms of a nearby residential area.

Since additional sound attenuation by increasing the volume of the exhaust silencers was impossible, further investigations were carried out to explain the mechanism of this low frequency noise emission. By changing the flame pattern inside the combustion chambers of the turbines it was possible to achieve a remarkable reduction at 31.5 Hz amounting to 15 dB. The investigation procedure leading to the final results will be the subject of this presentation.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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