Case studies describe how Brüel & Kjær products are used in real-life, based on one or more customers’ experiences.
In the spiritual home of wind energy, Denmark, researchers try to understand how the forces of nature act on wind turbines. They find the structural resonances and understand how blades bend and twist in real, operational use – the modes. The real-world data feeds back into virtual design models, helping to improve them.
The entertainment industry is critical to the livelihood of Austin, Texas. Equally important is the quality of life for Austin’s residents. The city required a noise monitoring solution that would allow it to continue hosting major events while minimizing noise impacting neighbours.
To ensure the high performance of some of the most technologically sophisticated machines ever built, Lockheed Martin turned to Brüel & Kjær. In order to help protect ground crew working on aircraft carrier decks, Brüel & Kjær supplied a complete solution for acoustic characterization. Vibration test systems provided durability assurance and stress screening.
The City of Seattle received numerous complaints from neighbours near an urban recycling plant, but noise levels never breached regulations when measurements were taken. Seattle needed a short-term noise
monitoring service that collected data 24 hours a day to detect if acceptable levels were being exceeded so it could respond accordingly.
Redeveloping the historic Hollinger Mine into an open-pit operation at Porcupine Gold Mines has raised concerns about environmental impacts in the community of Timmins. Although mines have been operating for over 100 years in the area, close proximity to the city means a greater emphasis must be placed on mitigating the impacts on all stakeholders.
Vehicles that run on tracks present unique vibration challenges. To minimize the effect on the operator, the partners Brüel & Kjær and Sound Answers equipped and trained Bobcat to characterize the entire, finished vehicles in all their complexity. Correlating these results with their finite element models helps improve their designs.
Eurocontrol S.A. es una de las empresas líderes del mercado en el campo de la inspección, el control de calidad y la asistencia técnica en las áreas de Inspección Reglamentaria en Seguridad Industrial. Eurocontrol fue contratado por Acciona, líder en el desarrollo y gestión de infraestructuras y energía renovable, para controlar el ruido en una zona de construcción donde se necesitaba ampliar las operaciones en horario nocturno.
The European Union’s Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC requires member states to create new noise maps every five years for large urban areas and major transportation sources. The English government decided to meet the requirements for the second round of noise maps by commissioning a single project to calculate sound levels across England. This resulted in the world’s largest noise map.
Eurocontrol S.A. is a market leader in inspection, quality control, testing and technical assistance related to the Regulatory Inspection industry. Eurocontrol was commissioned by Acciona, a leader in the development and management of infrastructure and renewable energy, to monitor noise at a construction site where it needed to extend operations into the night.
Brazil’s space research organisation INPE provides satellite testing services to domestic and international agencies. Brüel & Kjær has provided INPE with a complete satellite vibration test system which was delivered in two stages: first the installation of two LDS electrodynamic shaker systems, and then integrating an advanced data acquisition, recording and analysis capability. This case study focuses on the second stage of installation. This includes a complete suite of test and analysis applications for acoustic fatigue, transient, random, and swept-sine vibration testing, and multiple user-interfaces. The result is a complete, comprehensive system from a single supplier, who also provides ongoing support in the form of servicing, updating and local calibration.
Port Metro Vancouver sought to enhance community relations by better monitoring and managing its noise impact. As Canada’s largest and busiest port, it’s critical that it maintain maximum operations and business growth while transparently communicating and engaging with the public.
The sound quality of home appliances is a critical competitive factor. In addition, white goods manufacturers must measure the sound levels of their appliances to the relevant standard. When investigating sound sources was taking too much time in their busy anechoic chamber, Gorenje looked to increase efficiency with a quicker characterization system.
Ferraris are distinguished by a unique sound that is as carefully tuned as a piece of music. Creating their thrilling sound authentically and yet keeping it within legal limits requires careful component design and selection. This is eased by virtual evaluation of alternative design decisions in an interactive, free-driving scenario.
The acoustic range at Heggernes, near Bergen, is used for measuring noise from all types of NATO naval vessels. Some civilian owned ships are also tested. The equipment used for testing must be totally accurate and reliable – Brüel&Kjær products were chosen for their accuracy, ease of use and reliability, and the acoustic range uses a wide variety of Brüel&Kjær products including a PULSE™ Multi-analyzer, other types of analyzers, customised software, power and conditioning amplifiers, sound level meters and transducers.
Maritime defence company DCNS is one of Europe’s largest shipbuilders, building submarines and other naval vessels for which stealth is important. Consequently, they have to measure and process a huge amount of sound and vibration data using PULSE systems, and share it throughout their large organisation. Time is always a pressing factor, especially during costly sea trials, so they format tests for easy operation by operators who are unfamiliar with PULSE, designing customised GUIs for specific applications. The PULSE measurement and analysis platform and PULSE Data Manager have revolutionised the speed and ease with which they can perform tests, and share and compare data across the entire organisation.
Growing consideration of the environmental impacts that underwater noise can have makes assessing the noise characteristics of ships a necessary part of their development. Since Japan has no largescale acoustic underwater ranging system, JRC Tokki invested in a portable sound intensity system that enables field measurements to be made on large vessels. This static ranging system uses technology that benefits from decades of successful use in the automotive industry, and applies it to underwater use. It uses hydrophones mounted on a floating raft to make underwater Noise Source Identification (NSI) measurements.
DLR is Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Their Experimental Methods department set out to investigate noise transmission and propagation on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. Brüel & Kjær’s multi-field microphone measured the uncertain sound field inside the aircraft cabin, and between the fuselage and the lining.
A project to modernise Twickenham railway station before the 2015 Rugby World Cup faced neighbours who are sensitive to noise. An outsourced monitoring solution ensured legal compliance and provided a web-based interface. Sharing data with the community and construction company built trust, reducing complaints and helping to avoid delays and fines.
Noise monitoring does not require a large amount of expertise or investment in expensive equipment. DELTA learned how measurement projects with high technology demands could easily be solved with a Noise Sentinel On Demand subscription.
The Suzuki name can be seen on a full range of motorcycles, automobiles, outboard motors, and related products and is recognised throughout the world for quality products offering both reliability and originality. And Suzuki is always creating advanced ‘value-packed products’ for their customers. So, in 2006, as one of their investments, Suzuki’s R&D division built a new “full-scale aero-acoustic wind tunnel” for the study of aerodynamics and reduction of wind noise for their motorcycles and automobiles.
Tomingley Gold Operations (TGO) needed to control their noise impact on the nearby community of Tomingley. The mine has great focus on keeping a good relationship with their neighbours and noise control is a prerequisite for obtaining and keeping their Project Approval License. TGO is using Noise Sentinel for 24/7 noise monitoring and management, in combination with a remotely located, independent noise consultant.
Airbus Helicopters needed highly robust, flight-certified accelerometers for permanent monitoring of helicopter gearboxes to be quickly designed and delivered.
In Spring 2013, the Head of Brüel & Kjær Field Service, Falk Uschner, and VTS Product Manager, Ole Thorhauge, visited TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH in Mannheim, close to Frankfurt, Germany. The purpose of the visit was to gain insight into the challenges and routines of a dedicated test house that provides services for all world-leading German automotive OEMs and their sub-suppliers. The Brüel & Kjær team wanted to gain a deeper understanding of what the present and future requirements are for class-leading vibration test equipment with respect to its use, functionality and services.
Project C501 Moorgate Shaft is part of the Crossrail infrastructure project that will create a new rail link across London from west to east. Over 42km of underground tunnels will link London’s main business centres in a project that is expected to start operation in 2018 and be fully operational in 2019.
Brüel & Kjær worked closely with the project team to implement Noise Sentinel, a robust and effective system for managing the noise impact of construction. Noise Sentinel has continuously monitored noise around the site since November 2011 and has exceeded both the expectations of the City of London and the contractual requirements of Crossrail. The main contractor, BAM Nuttal Kier JV, has been awarded Crossrail’s Green Line Scheme award for the project. In addition, Noise Sentinel has been shortlisted for the Environmental Initiative of the year at the 2013 International Tunnelling Awards.
The Panum Institute Science Tower is a new construction development for the University of Copenhagen medical centre. Covering 38,000 sq. metres, the development will house an international biomedical centre, research and laboratory facilities. Construction work commenced in August 2012 and is expected to be complete in early 2015, at a cost of €180M.
Noise from construction work in built-up areas always presents the challenge of avoiding annoyance to the many people who can be affected. When the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for this large building project in Denmark’s capital specified day- and night-time noise limits, the construction company turned to Brüel & Kjær. Like many construction companies, MVZ Byggepladsservice had no noise competencies, and required a complete subscription service where Brüel & Kjær delivered comprehensive, real-time noise information.
The Taiwan Electric Research & Testing Center (TERTEC) is developing test standards for new wind turbines. As these are produced at an increasing rate in Taiwan, and mainly for export, TERTEC is expanding its testing services to meet the standards of international trade partners. TERTEC plans to increase its competences to include test services, design recommendations, and accreditation, by acquiring more Brüel & Kjær solutions.
ACCIONA Infrastructure is ranked among the leading construction companies in the world, and is recognised for implementing the most advanced and innovative techniques and technology. R&D is vital to keep the company at the cutting edge, and in relation to technological developments ACCIONA Infrastructure created a team to analyse noise and vibration. Where traditional acoustic isolation calculation methods show important deviations, ACCIONA Infrastructure’s research is improving results by refining the methodology, and ultimately improving building designs.
The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in South Carolina, USA, is aiming to become the premier automotive and motorsports research and educational centre in the world. In 2012, as part of their ambition to connect with industries also based in South Carolina, CU-ICAR built a Component Testing Laboratory to perform durability and validation testing for BMW and their suppliers, as well as other vehicle manufacturers. By paring the needs of automotive companies with the research of their students and faculties, CU-ICAR is assisting mutually beneficial development.
Hearing loss at call centres is a major issue all around the world. Exposure to excessive and continuous high levels of noise can result in both temporary and permanent hearing damage. Professor Setsuo Maeda of Kinki University, Japan, has unique experience and expertise in this area, and has carried out research at a small call centre on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Using the latest technology, Dr Maeda has compared the noise exposure risks and speech intelligibility of traditional headsets with the latest bone-conducting devices available.
Ishibashi faces a familiar challenge in manufacturing wind turbine gearboxes – ensuring the reliability and longevity that is critical to their customer’s return on investment. The PULSE data acquisition systems and transducers Ishibashi uses are part of a comprehensive test stand setup that is ready to expand with the company.
Brüel & Kjær’s permanently mounted accelerometers were developed in close collaboration with AgustaWestland to monitor helicopter gearbox health on the AW139.
When Brüel & Kjær needed assistance during the beta development phase of the post-processing platform PULSE Reflex, getting Continental’s input was a high priority. For Continental AG’s NVH Engineering department it was an opportunity to ‘try before you buy’, so they set about comparing the results between their existing PULSE LabShop real-time analysis platform and the new post-processing platform PULSE Reflex – which turned out to be even better than they expected.
ノイズスコープ（PULSE ベースビームフォーミングシステム）は、道路交通騒音の影響を受ける地域の騒音を測定するために、株式 会社高速道路総合研究所（NEXCO 総研）のご要望を満たすように、車載できる可動式の特注アレイを含めて納品されました。その 測定対象は、住居地域、橋梁、インターチェンジ、合流、トンネル、料金所などです。ノイズスコープを使用することによりNEXCO 総研は、交通量の増加に伴う厳しい影響を低減させるために、高速道路とその付帯設備の設計及び建設を最適化させることが可能と なります。
EEI advises companies on how to fulfil government standards for consumer electronics, helping companies selling into the Thai market and helping Thai businesses exporting to Europe and around the world. They do this through consulting, training and seminars, and performing testing services that include sound power and electromagnetic compatibility.
For identifying feedback due to leakage or vibration in hearing aids, a special turnkey solution using robot-controlled measurements and Statistically Optimised Near-field Acoustic Holography (SONAH) has stabilised development time requirements and provided improved insights to build GN ReSound’s knowledge base.
A Desktop NVH Simulator has vastly improved Commercial Vehicle Group’s customer relations and jury testing capabilities. The simulator was the latest addition to their range of Brüel & Kjær products that began when their R&D facility was commissioned in 2008. Back then, when it came to setting up a new lab, the combined experience of their commercial and construction vehicle experts led them to choose Brüel & Kjær to provide the equipment they need for world-leading NVH development of their automotive solutions.
In 2007 Global Renewables was awarded a contract worth £2bn over 25 years to process the household waste of 1.4m people in Lancashire in the North of England.Driven by the increasing costs and environmental damage of landfill, the contract required building two waste recycling facilities at Farrington and Thornton at a cost of £125M together. Each facility converts 530,000 tonnes of household waste into high quality compost per year.Whilst the sites were located away from densely populated areas and intended to operate 24 hours per day, environmental issues around odour, air quality and particularly noise were key concerns to local residents.As a consequence noise limits were agreed and form part of the operating licence for each plant.