Reducing Noise from Forges and Foundries
The Handbook of the Black Country Forging and Foundry Project (Part 2)

Written by Bob Davis
Original version © 2002, ISVR University of  Southampton.  All rights reserved.

2  Noise from forges and foundries

2.1  What makes noise?

Noise (or sound) is generated in two ways:

2.2  What are the main causes of noise from forges and foundries?

Most industrial processes involve the use of machinery, the movement of materials, and the movement of air for ventilation, heating and cooling. All of these generate noise which can affect neighbours. The following lists show the sources most likely to cause people living near forges and foundries to complain about noise and vibration:

Forges

Foundries

Sources common to both industries

These noises can be grouped under three headings:


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