Among the engineering missions related to industrial soundproofing, the design of a casing (soundproofing casing) for a gas turbine / combustion turbine occupies a somewhat special place, given certain specificities.
In a power plant with gas turbines (combustion turbines), some airborne noise is emitted by the various subsets making up each turbomachinery (in addition to noise emissions associated with the mouths for air intake and exhaust not included in the current project, although regularly studied and subject of simulation and design work by ITS as part of other projects in the field of energy production):
- the turbine compartment i.e. compressors, combustion chamber, turbine
- the auxiliary compartment- the load compartment
- the portion of the envelope of the intake duct enclosed
- the portion of the envelope of the exhaust duct enclosed
This noise is so powerful that it is potentially causing noise pollution for personnel of the operator operating in the vicinity as for the neighborhood (including long distance). It is often necessary to use in such cases a soundproofing equipment of high technology (enclosure, soundproofing hood) to ensure compliance of the installation of one hand with respect to the legislation on noise at work and on the other hand with respect to the regulation in terms of environmental protection.
ITS will participate in the design of an enclosure (soundproofing hood) for a gas turbine (combustion turbine) with a power of 45 MW for a power generation unit.
This soundproofing equipment will have a sound reduction particularly important (the overall sound power level to be considered for some subsets is greater than 130 dBA and noise emissions are with a very wide frequency spectrum), requiring a specific design of the partitions and of the ventilation system which is one of the major features of the soundproofing equipment.
The optimization of the cost and of the duration of intervention for assembly and disassembly operations are key factors of success of the efficient soundproofing concept considered.
The simulation of the sound attenuation of partitions, of the insertion loss (with and without flow noise) and of the total pressure loss of ventilation silencers as well as the simulation of the impact after soundproofing on the one hand in terms of sound power level and on the other hand in terms of sound pressure level at specified positions was performed using the software SILDIS®.
Specific materials and construction systems to meet ambitious and varied targets in terms of technical performance will be integrated into the design as required.
Related features such as weather resistance, disassembly of the whole and of subsets, securities, lighting, electrical works ... will be integrated according to the needs for this enclosure (soundproofing hood).
In addition, the course of this project shows - once again - the possibilities for design and optimization of soundproofing equipment of the acoustics simulation software SILDIS®, whose computing power and reliability, as well as whose versatility made of it a choice tool for the selection of products and construction systems for many projects of sound insulation.