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Good Vibes: Protecting Equipment from Damaging Vibrations

Posted On : Thursday 23rd April

Vibrations occur in many areas of everyday life. In some cases, these can be beneficial, such as for a mobile phone or in a loudspeaker. However, in many cases vibrations are undesirable as they waste energy and produce unwanted noise. Vibration can often lead to failures or damage of equipment and in the very worst-case scenario – injury or loss of life.

In the automotive industry in particular, engine motion produces undesirable vibration and carefully designed devices are used to minimise damage or discomfort. Most automotive users tend to associate comfort with reduced noise. As a result, the industry in the present day is continuing to look for new and improved ways to create models which produce less noise, without compromising on their power.

Our knitted wire mesh products provide an effective solution for Buzz, Squeak & Rattle (BSR) and Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) problems and has a unique ability to absorb energy, reduce vibration and attenuate sound.

As a result, it is utilised across a wide variety of applications, from automotive and aviation to the very specific performance, safety and environmental demands encountered in aggressive marine applications. Knitted mesh has several properties that give it a unique ability to absorb energy. The result is a versatile material ideal for use in multiple industrial applications where reduction of vibration & noise and heat dissipation are required.

Here at KnitMesh Technologies, we provide a wide range of anti-vibration and sound attenuation components & heat shield isolators which are highly effective dampers of heat, noise and vibration energy. They are specifically designed for use in many different automotive and other industrial applications and can withstand very high shock loadings. To discover these in full, head over to this section of our website.

In the KnitMesh knitting process, wire loops are created that act like tiny springs. It is these springs that return to their original shape after being subjected to compression. The loops are also free to move in several directions, allowing the knitted material to have natural resilience and to vibrate when sound energy hits the knitted wires. When vibrating, the wires convert sound energy into thermal energy and, in doing so, create a sound-dampening effect.

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