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November 16, 1969

Noise Generation by Fluid Flow Through Pipes

Much of the mid- and high-frequency noise in process plants derives from the flow of fluids through valves, orifices, and other pipework-located discontinuities.  The myriad of sources involved generates, within the plant, a sound field that is diffuse and uniform.  In this paper the author develops a tentative parametric formulation by which the generalized fluid pipe source can be described and also presents an analytical basis on which the in-plant and community environmental criteria can be related to the sound generating propensity of the individual source.

Gordon, Colin G., “Noise Generation by Fluid Flow Through Pipes,” Presented to the Gas Turbine Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the ASME Winter Annual Meeting, November 16-20, 1969.