Noise source identification and adoption of proper noise control strategies on wheeled tractors

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2010
Balaban, Murat
This thesis is aimed at identifying the noise sources of a wheeled tractor to reduce the noise levels below the legislative limits by controlling noise sources through proper methodologies. The study focuses firstly on identifying the noise sources of a wheeled tractor by using proper noise source identification techniques. These techniques can be summarized as sound intensity measurements, sound power level determination studies and spectral analysis of the noise data acquired in the tests. Simple sound intensity mapping techniques are used and the intensity contour maps are generated to identify the noise sources. Most important and effective noise sources are identified and the critical noise sources are focused to apply appropriate noise control strategies not only at the prototype production stages but also at the early design stages. Consequently, upon consideration of both structure-borne and flow-induced noise, the pass-by noise level and the operator’ s ear noise levels of the tractor are reduced by nearly 3 dB (A) through application of proper noise control strategies.
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M. Balaban, “Noise source identification and adoption of proper noise control strategies on wheeled tractors,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.