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Sound Attenuation in Duct Elbows

Noise attenuation in duct elbows by reflected sound.

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Sound power level attenuation in an elbow is caused by sound reflection. It is only in larger ducts and at higher frequencies the attenuation is considerable.

Sound attenuation in duct elbows

Attenuation in lined and unlined ducts at different sizes and frequencies are indicated in the table below.

TypeWidth B
Octave band center frequency (Hz)
Ducts Unlined 150 5 8 4
250 5 8 4 3
500 8 4 3 3
1000 5 8 4 3 3 3
Ducts Lined 150 1 7 16 18
250 1 7 16 18 16
500 1 5 16 18 16 17
1000 5 16 18 17 17 18

Example - Sound Attenuation in a Duct Elbow

The sound attenuation in an unlined 500 mm duct elbow at 500 Hz is

8 dB

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