Ranking of Compressor Station Noise Sources Using Sound Intensity Techniques PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
W. D. Johns, R. H. Porter

TransCanada PipeLines, Toronto, ON, Canada

Paper No. 87-GT-240, pp. V003T07A013; 10 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


Local residential development and the introduction of more restrictive noise regulations in Canada and the United States are creating a need to improve the noise abatement systems at many existing industrial sites including pipeline compressor stations. The initial phase of any silencing program should include a study to identify and rank the noise sources. Until recently, this type of noise study has been qualitative and inexact, requiring a trial and error approach which addressed only one or two sources at a time and often resulted in a prolonged and costly silencing program. The use of sound intensity techniques to determine sound power levels of all noise sources results in lower costs, improved job scheduling and greater likelihood of success of a silencing program. This paper discusses a case study which uses sound intensity techniques to rank noise sources at a natural gas compressor plant powered by a gas turbine.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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