Vibration Isolation

Description

Spring vibration isolators are used to reduce the transmission of noise, shock, and vibration produced by mechanical, industrial or process equipment into or within a building structure.17

Typical Isolated Equipment includes:

  • Pumps
  • Fans
  • Cooling Towers
  • Rooftop Units
  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Compressors

Free Standing Vibration isolators shall be, unhoused, laterally stabile steel springs. Springs shall have a lateral stiffness greater than 1.0 times the rated vertical stiffness and shall be designed to provide a minimum 50% overload capacity.

Springs shall be assembled or welded between top and bottom load plates. The upper load plate shall be provided with steel leveling bolts, lock nut and washer for attachment to the supported equipment. The lower load plate shall incorporate a non-skid noise isolation pad and shall have provisions for bolting the isolator to the supporting structure, as required.a

Springs shall be selected to provide operating static deflections shown on the Vibration Isolation Schedule or as otherwise indicated on the project documents. Springs shall be color coded or otherwise identified to indicate load capacity.

Housed Vibration isolators shall consist of a steel spring and load cap housed in a cast semi-steel or aluminum assembly, with adjustable side plate and sponge neoprene snubbers designed to stabilize the isolators and prevent metal-to-metal connection of top and bottom housing sections. The top housing section shall be drilled a ┬ánd tapped and shall include a steel load transfer plate and leveling bolt, and locknut. The bottom housing section shall be bonded to a 1/4″ (6 mm) thick ribbed neoprene noise isolation pad and shall be drilled to allow bolting to the supporting structure.aa

Spring elements shall have a lateral stiffness greater than 1.0 times the rated vertical stiffness and shall be designed to provide a minimum of 50% overload capacity.

Springs shall be selected to provide operating static deflections shown on the vibration isolation schedule or as indicated on the project documents. Springs shall be color coded or otherwise identified to indicate load capacity.

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