Noise Control in the Energy Industry

date September 11, 2015
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Friday, September 11, 2015 4:00 p.m. in ETC 4.150

Benjamin J. Copenhaver
ATCO Emissions Management
Katy, Texas

While natural gas and coal fired power plants are responsible for generating a significant portion of the energy consumed in the U.S., they can also generate a significant amount of noise. Firms specializing in industrial acoustics, such as ATCO Emissions Management, are often called upon by energy companies to deliver solutions for noise mitigation that are practical and cost effective, while satisfying environmental noise regulations and complaints from nearby communities. This seminar will use examples from past projects, including power plants and pipeline compressor stations, to provide a high-level overview of the field of industrial acoustics. The steps of a typical noise control project will be examined, including noise measurement, propagation modeling, and mitigation strategies, as well as the tools used for each.