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Jahangiri M, Golmohammadi R, Aliabadi M. Determination of Main Noise Sources in a Thermal Power plant . JHSW. 2014; 4 (3) :13-22
URL: http://jhsw.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5175-en.html

1- BSc, Department of Occupational Hygiene Engineering, School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical sciences, Hamadan, Iran
2- Associate professor, Department of Occupational Hygiene Engineering, School of Public Health and Research Center for Health Sciences, Hamadan University of Medical sciences, Hamadan, Iran. , golmohamadi@umsha.ac.ir
3- Assistant professor, Department of Occupational Hygiene Engineering, School of Public Health and Research Center for Health Sciences, Hamadan University of Medical sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
Abstract:   (4861 Views)

Introduction: The Power plants are as the major industries that have a large number of workers, providing they health is important. Exposure to occupational noise is the pervasive physical agent in industries like power plants and may impact health and for safety status for people. Determination of the sources of noise in workplaces is important step in noise control plans. This study aimed to assess noise pollution and determine the main sources of noise in a power plant for.

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Material and Method: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on the ground floor of the turbine unit of a thermal power plant. Measurements was done based on the ISO-9612 and ISO-11200 standard using by the calibrated sound level meter model TES-1389 on “A” frequency weighting and “Slow” mode for time response. Surfer V.10 software was used for interpolation and noise maps producing. Based on grid method measuring for indicating of noise propagation, we set buffer of danger areas to determine main sources of noise. Also, we used the minimized grid method for measuring and study of noise denotation in vertical surface in each main sources.

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Result: The results showed that the measured indoor sound pressure level in all areas where at the risk category of the units. The highest average sound pressure level was belonged to the unit 2, with 93.1 dB(A). We find the feed water pumps were the main sources in all of the studied units. Among the four main components of the main sources, the highest noise levels associated with the main pump and the gearbox section with about 100 9B(L) and dominant frequency of 2000 Hz.

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Conclusion: Considering that feed water pumps had major sources in indoor power plant noise pollution, engineering noise control such as providing enclosures is necessary to reduce noise pollution to safe levels in the studied plant it is necessary.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/09/29 | Accepted: 2014/09/29 | Published: 2014/09/29

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