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English translation: flow noises

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13:16 Jun 15, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: Strömungsgeräusche
Again, my text on underfloor heating systems. This term refers to the "noises" heard in the copper pipe of the system. I think it has something to do with the pressure in the pipe.
Jules
English translation:flow noises
Explanation:
If you know the type of liquid involved, you might want to explain rather than translate literally by saying something like, "noises caused by the flow of the water through the pipes".
Cheers,
H-J
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Summary of answers provided
naflow noiseUta Moerschell
nasee detailsKen Cox
naflow noiseDan McCrosky
naburblingWilliam Scheckel
naflow noisesHans-Jakob Wilhelm
naburblingWilliam Scheckel


  

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12 mins
burbling


Explanation:
I don't believe there is actually a "technical" term for this noise, but a widespread one is definitely "burbling." HTH, Will

William Scheckel
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13 mins
flow noises


Explanation:
If you know the type of liquid involved, you might want to explain rather than translate literally by saying something like, "noises caused by the flow of the water through the pipes".
Cheers,
H-J

Hans-Jakob Wilhelm
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14 mins
burbling


Explanation:
I don't believe there is actually a "technical" term for this noise, but a widespread one is definitely "burbling." HTH, Will

William Scheckel
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3 hrs
flow noise


Explanation:
1) - burbling reminds me of a babbling brook. Some how it just does not sound technical enough. -
2) - Although the German word is plural, I would use the English singular as a mass noun like "noise" as interference with a TV or Hi-Fi system.
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I have to admit that although I got 800 Northern Light hits for "flow noise", at first glance, none of them seemed to be about floor heating. The almost 4000 hits for burbling covered everything from Tony Blair's way of speaking to, you guessed it, the babbling brook, but also no heating systems (at least not at first glance).



Dan McCrosky
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15 hrs
flow noise


Explanation:
The flow of water in pipes can cause noises that have nothing to do with a burbling sound. At high pressure, and with restrictions in the pipe, it can sound like whistling or shrieking. This is probably why the german text uses "Strömungsgeräusche" and not "gluckern". To make a burbling sound, you need air in the pipe. In a heating system there shouldn't be any air (sometimes there is, but then you have to let it out).

Uta Moerschell
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2 days 16 hrs
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Explanation:
'flow noise(s) may be OK, but I find it awkward and somewhat unnatural in English. 'the sound of flowing water' would be better, and if your context allows it, something like '(if) you (can) hear water flowing (in the pipes) would be even more elegant (terms in parentheses to be included as appropriate).

Ken Cox
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