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Evaluation of noise levels of micro-wind turbines using a randomised experiment

One of the biggest environmental concerns of a wind turbine is the wind turbine noise (Prospathopoulos and Voutsinas, 2007). This study assesses the noise impacts of wind turbines on the environment by comparing the micro-wind turbine noise to traditional accepted surrounding sounds. The collection of the sound level data was done by using a randomised experiment. The sound level data was then fitted to a General Linear Model to determine the relationship between the sound levels generated at a given site to the time of day, wind speed, wind direction and distance from the sound source. An additional study was conducted to determine the relationship between wind speed and the sound levels of wind turbines. The distribution of frequency components of wind turbine sound was also determined.
Date January 2012
CreatorsClohessy, Chantelle May
PublisherNelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Faculty of Science
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeThesis, Masters, MSc
Formatx, 106 leaves, pdf
RightsNelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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