Industrial Noise Sources

In rotating and reciprocating machines, noise is produced through vibration caused by imperfectly balanced parts; bearing noise, wind noise, and other noises also exist. The amplitude of such noises varies with operating speed, usually increasing exponentially with speed. Noise frequencies cover a wide range since normally several harmonics of each fundamental are produced.

Electrical machines produce noise from magnetic as well as mechanical forces. Alternating current machines convert electrical to mechanical energy by cyclically changing magnetic forces which also cause vibration of the machine parts. These magnetic forces change in magnitude and direction as the machine rotates and air gaps and their magnetic reluctance change. The noise frequencies thus produced are related both to line frequency and its harmonics and to rotational speed. The entire pattern is quite com-

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