Bid Adieu To The Unwanted Generator Noise – The Basics

Are you flooded with complaints from your neighbors regarding the constant din of your generator? Do you find life hard to live with due to the generator’s continuous stridency? With the advent of sophisticated noise reduction equipment, you and your neighbors won’t need to groan in dismay every time the power goes out. Here are three basic tips you can implement in your generator in order to reduce the loud noise to an indistinct hum.
·         Acoustic fortification: This could be any solid sheet of material with enough mass and a sturdy frame to contain the sound emitted. You can use these materials to reduce the noise produced by the vibration of the mechanical parts in the generator. Oftentimes, the generator is already equipped with these materials. But slipshod wiring and construction may have left some holes and cracks in your generator, allowing the sound to seep through to the outside world. The solid sheets come in handy to fill such gaps up.
·         Insulation holds the key: Lining your generator with sound insulators will reduce the noise to a considerable extent. However, incorporating just any material of absorber might damage the material itself due to the oil and other engine pollutants, in turn ruining the generator altogether. Affix those that are immune to the contaminants, like fiberglass and foam. The air ducts, and the inner walls and ceilings are where you need to direct your insulating efforts.
·         Mounting vibration isolators: The engine and other parts are stoically connected to the canopy of the generator. This allows the vibrations from these parts to be transmitted to the canopy and the ground, leading up to your house, giving rise to unbearable noise. So how does one keep the vibrations away from the ground? Spring-type vibration isolators come to the rescue. Mounting your generator on them will adequately reduce the sound vibrations being relayed to the ground.
These are the basic tips you can incorporate in order to contain most of the noise produced by your generator. Tips for fine-tuning (hyperlink to the next article) your generator to emit the least possible noise follow.

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Is One Generator Enough To Meet The Demands Of An Entire Ship

While powering the electrical appliances in a ship and propelling it forward is certainly possible with the aid of one diesel generator of the appropriate kilowatts, it will be foolhardy to not share the load between 2 or more generators. Just last week, on the 30th of July to be more precise, Aviation Week reported the breakdown of a ship service diesel generator (SSDG) in the ‘USS Freedom’.

The problems identified were primarily with the coolant. The cooler had somehow been damaged, and so was the piping affixed for the coolant flow inappropriate. The fixes for the same were not in place and the crew had to call upon the services of the vendor. Thankfully, the ship housed three more generators.

Now, if the ship had just one, or considering the ship’s size, two generators, this apparently small dilemma would have balled up into a major crisis. Regardless of the political problems of the country adversely affecting the combat ship, generators are manufactured by humans. And like humans, there are bound to be faults with the generator as well. Not deliberate mistakes, but faults that showcase the human limitations.

We, as customers, need to overcome these maladies in order to ensure a desirable output. If the entire load of powering a ship is put on a single generator, the chances of the device breaking down are higher. Distribution of the load between 2 generators will result in a smooth sail. And in cases of an inadvertent disruption, it is better to be equipped with three diesel generators.

While the present situation of the ‘USS Freedom’ may be unknown, the navy officers state that the two fixes, and some more, will be incorporated in the follow ships of that variant.