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Title: A case study of acoustics and vibration of mine fans

Abstract

In December 1991, several residents of Hueytown, AL, began hearing what they referred to as a mysterious sound. This sound, which became known as the Hueytown Hum, was alleged to be so disruptive that one resident claimed it made it impossible to hold a prayer meeting in this house. Bathroom pipes were said to rattle, and the sound would quickly come and go. This phenomenon attracted considerable attention from the news media, including ABC Evening News, CNN, The New York times, A Current Affair, and others. Jim Walter Resources Inc. (JWR) owns and operates a large underground coal mine in the vicinity of Hueytown, and city officials were quick to blame the mysterious sound on a mine-ventilation fan which was installed at approximately the same time the noise began.To address the concerns of the city officials, JWR contracted with The University of Alabama to perform a study to determine if the ventilation fans were a contributing factor to the Hueytown Hum. The purpose of this study was to investigate the acoustical and vibrational characteristics of the JWR fans operating in the Hueytown area. This paper presents the findings of this investigation.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States). Dept. of Mineral Engineering
  2. Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States). Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
186868
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: DN: Paper presented at the 1993 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario (CA), October 3--8, 1994; PBD: Nov-Dec 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; VENTILATION SYSTEMS; BLOWERS; MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS; NOISE POLLUTION; COAL MINES; ALABAMA

Citation Formats

Novak, T., and Vitton, S.J. A case study of acoustics and vibration of mine fans. United States: N. p., 1995. Web. doi:10.1109/28.475722.
Novak, T., & Vitton, S.J. A case study of acoustics and vibration of mine fans. United States. doi:10.1109/28.475722.
Novak, T., and Vitton, S.J. Wed . "A case study of acoustics and vibration of mine fans". United States. doi:10.1109/28.475722.
@article{osti_186868,
title = {A case study of acoustics and vibration of mine fans},
author = {Novak, T. and Vitton, S.J.},
abstractNote = {In December 1991, several residents of Hueytown, AL, began hearing what they referred to as a mysterious sound. This sound, which became known as the Hueytown Hum, was alleged to be so disruptive that one resident claimed it made it impossible to hold a prayer meeting in this house. Bathroom pipes were said to rattle, and the sound would quickly come and go. This phenomenon attracted considerable attention from the news media, including ABC Evening News, CNN, The New York times, A Current Affair, and others. Jim Walter Resources Inc. (JWR) owns and operates a large underground coal mine in the vicinity of Hueytown, and city officials were quick to blame the mysterious sound on a mine-ventilation fan which was installed at approximately the same time the noise began.To address the concerns of the city officials, JWR contracted with The University of Alabama to perform a study to determine if the ventilation fans were a contributing factor to the Hueytown Hum. The purpose of this study was to investigate the acoustical and vibrational characteristics of the JWR fans operating in the Hueytown area. This paper presents the findings of this investigation.},
doi = {10.1109/28.475722},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications},
number = 6,
volume = 31,
place = {United States},
year = {1995},
month = {11}
}