ArtSilencer Acoustical Louvers™ Acoustical louvers are multi-purpose louvers that can be used to permit the flow of air while providing excellent sound attenuation and protect the environment from noise pollution. Sound ratings are available from tests conducted by Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories, Geneva, IL, for most models and comply with the following standards: "Recommended Practice for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Sound Transmission Loss of Building Partitions," ASTM Designation E90-75, and "Standard Classification for Determination of Sound Transmission Class," ASTM Designation E413-73. ArtUSA® offers a wide variety of louver models and finishes within each category of louver types.

ArtSilencer Return Grille Silencer™ The return grille silencer is designed for use between a return air stream and an occupied space and is available in standard and nonstandard sizes to accommodate many applications. Standard is hot-dipped galvanized steel with a coating weight of G-90 (0.90 ounces per square foot) and a standard mill finish. Hot-dipped galvanized steel with G-115 coating can also be furnished for an additional charge.
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N/A Hot-dipped Galvanized Steel


N/A Standard Mill Finish

Additional Information

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N/A We design and build many custom configurations depending on our customer's requirements. Our specialty silencers provide maximum performance for unique applications. Elbow silencers are available to provide maximum attenuation for projects with spatial limitations. The return grille silencer is designed for use between a return air stream and an occupied space and is available in standard and nonstandard sizes to accommodate many applications. Discharge/intake silencers are engineered to work with vane axial fans and can be sized to match an individual manufacturer.

Why Elbow Silencers?
The new generation of duct sound attenuators has brought about a markedly different silencer configuration than those seen in the past, the elbow silencer. Elbows can be oriented two possible ways in a duct system, with the elbow turning parallel to the ground or perpendicular to the ground. In both elbow configurations, the three primary dimensions still refer to the same orientation with the width dimension always horizontal. Another element of confusion with regard to sizing the silencer is whether to use the centerline length or the leg lengths (denoted by L1 and L2). ArtUSA® uses both of these dimensions in our submittals, though for different purposes. The centerline length is used for acoustical performance and pricing. The leg lengths are used in the submittal stage in order to give the engineer or contractor exact external dimensions of the silencer. This helps to insure the designer that the silencer will fit in the relegated space within the duct system. Though the engineer usually specifies the centerline length in the schedule, once the leg lengths have been determined by ArtUSA®, the centerline length can always be calculated. To find the center-line length: add up the two legs and then subtract one duct width from that sum. When sizing an elbow silencer, one should always keep in mind the limitations of the elbow silencer design. In order to manufacture a silencer that can perform at the required levels, the inside legs of the silencer have a minimum length of 12" each. This is due to the silencing pods within the silencer. The pods cannot make a turn of greater than that radius and still be aerodynamically and acoustically effective. In the reverse case, there are no maximum sizes on elbow silencers. Just as with rectangular silencers, the elbows can be made into banks of silencers to accommodate silencers larger than the maximum module size.