Industrial & Commercial Facility Noise and Vibration Control

Noise and Vibration Control Engineers and Acoustical Engineers & Consultants

Professional Noise and Vibration Control Engineering Services:

Thornton Acoustics & Vibrations of Pittsburgh PA provide noise and vibration control engineering and acoustical engineering consulting for industrial plants, factories, and commercial facilities to control noise and vibrations. This highly focused firm deals exclusively with noise and vibration control engineering services that will provide analysis, measurement, evaluation, design and related controls that raise the bar on this engineering field to achieve practical solutions using advanced scientific principals combined with logic and common sense. State-of-the-art noise control engineering concepts are used to find known and creative solutions to suppress noise and vibration in a cost efficient and effective manner. The firm’s exceptional academic credentials are combined with more than thirty eight years of Dr. Thornton’s experience in successfully solving problems on over a 1000 projects of various types that includes industrial and commercial facilities and plants. They are highly qualified noise control engineers, not ordinary noise consultants.

Problems are qualitatively and quantitatively defined to establish a noise or vibration mitigation goals. Sources are identified and linked to the airborne and structureborne paths that impact on the receiver. An analysis is made to develop an engineering approach to attenuate the noise using the best combination of controls for the situation.

The correct analysis and definition of the problem and establishing the correct goal is the key to successfully solving complex industrial noise or vibration problems. This is frequently a difficult task with the most cost implications. Typically, a disproportionate amount of time is spent on this phase. The strength of each source must be properly quantified and the individual transmission paths must be isolated. This key step rank orders the contribution of each source to the receiver location which will ultimately lead to the most cost effective solution.

Excess noise can affect work performance, employee morale, speech intelligibility, communication, and hearing conservation. A detailed analysis must be done and noise and vibration goals must be established. Sources and paths must be identified to find effective engineering controls that will mitigate noise to acceptable levels.

Difficult problems can be quantified with sound intensity measurements that are used to compute the sound power level of the individual sources to help identify and rank order them. Complex situations can be reduced to simple source-path-receiver relationships that allow sources to be accurately rank-ordered, taking into account the cost of controls and their contribution to the overall noise level at the receiver location(s). In essence, linear programming techniques are used to rank-order sources. The use of sound power avoids the pitfalls of sound level characterizations that are often misleading and incorrect. For more complex problems, sound power data and noise controls along with costs are added to a computer model that allows “what if” computations to find a feasible and cost effective solution. If needed, a curve of cost-benefit can be developed for management to decide on what controls they want to use.

Industrial Plant and Commercial Facility Noise and Vibration Control Services Offered:

Noise and vibration control services for industrial plants and commercial facilities include:

- Source-Path-Receiver Analysis
- Noise Source Identification and Control
- Noise modeling of facilities
- “What if” Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Occupational Noise Measurements
- Industrial Hearing Compensation Noise Analysis
- OSHA & MSHA Noise Exposure Measurement
- Source Mitigation
- Noise Contouring of faculties
- Sound Power Level Models of Plants
- Innovative solutions
- Custom Noise Enclosure Design
- Personnel Sound Booths and Control Room

Industrial Plant and Commercial Facility Noise & Vibration Control Projects Completed:

More than 1000 projects have been successfully completed by Thornton Acoustics & Vibrations that includes:

- Industrial Plants
- Chemical Plants
- Paper Mills
- Refinery equipment
- Refineries
- Coal prep plants
- Asphalt plants
- Concrete plants
- River dredges
- Compressor stations
- Machine shops
- Fossil fuel power plants
- Nuclear power plants control rooms
- Trucking terminals
- Printing plants
- Sawmills
- Cargo handling facilities
- Steel plants
- Metal scrap yards
- Mining operations
- Baghouses
- Mail sorting operations
- Landfill operations
- Nightclubs
- Electric arc plants
- Hydroelectric plants
- Gas propane facilities
- Asphalt and paving plants
- Casting shake out operations
- Pipe mills
- Amusement parks
- Nuclear waste site (Yucca Mountain)

Thornton Acoustics & Vibrations, Consulting Engineers in Acoustics Vibrations and Noise Control, provides noise and vibration control engineering services for industrial plants and commercial facilities throughout North America and it is particularly prominent in Pittsburgh PA, Cleveland Ohio (OH), New York (NY), Maryland (MD), West Virginia (WV), and Virginia (VA).

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