Gas turbine exhaust heat recovery systems have demonstrated the ability to attenuate acoustic energy without the benefit of sound absorbing materials. This paper describes the mechanisms utilized by heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and by regenerators to reduce exhaust noise. Included is a semi-empirical method by which the attenuation of an HRSG can be predicted. Attenuations exhibited by the heat recovery equipment are in excess of 10 dB.

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