The Effects of Material and Configuration on the Acoustic Response of an Impact Stop

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Belanger, Adam Barnes; Mallette, Daniel Richard; Meade, John Richard
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Mechanical Engineering
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The noise levels on factory floors have been a historical concern with respect to worker health. The sponsor utilizes impact stops throughout their production facilities; each stop is hit hundreds of times per minute contributing to high decibel levels. The goal of this project was to identify alternative materials and configurations of the stop to minimize the noise output upon impact. This was accomplished by researching alternative materials, constructing a testing apparatus, and the construction and testing of prototype stops.