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Noise Control of an Underground Load-haul-dump Machine.
Huggins-GG; Madden-R; Murray-BS
NTIS: PB/288-854 Available for Reference At Bureau Libraries :79 pages
Diagnostic tests were performed on a production st-5a load-haul-dump (lhd) machine manufactured by Wagner Mining Machinery Coompany To evaluate and rank order noise sources. The evaluation indicated that the major noise sources were the transmission, the engine, and the cooling fan. The evaluation was followed by implementation of recommended noise control treatments which included vibration isolation of the transmission, a transmission enclosure, an engine enclosure, and modifications of the inlet to the cooling fan. The final step in the program was an underground operational period at the National Gypsum Mine in Shoals, Indiana. The noise control treatments successfully reduced the lhd operator noise exposure by 7 dba, thus increasing its allowable operation time by a factor of 2.7. Actual measurements made underground using noise dosimeters indicated that, during a typical shift, the noise control treatments reduced the fractional exposure to an allowable level. The report discusses the mechanical aspects of the lhd, its noise sources, the treatments applied, the final levels achieved, and field experience with the noise-controlled machine.
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NTIS: PB/288-854 Available for Reference At Bureau Libraries
Bolt, Beranek and Newman Inc
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