Acoustical behavior of hybrid composite sandwich panels

Sergio Patinha, Fernando Cunha, Raul Fangueiro, Sohel Rana, Fernando Prego

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This paper deals with the characterization of acoustic insulation behaviour of hybrid sandwich composite panels for application in modular house construction. These sandwich panels are a sustainable, light-weight and durable solution, since are based on natural fibers structure impregnated with a thermosetting polymer. In this way, three different types of hybrid composite panels containing polyurethane core and laminated composite skins were produced and analyzed, varying the composition of laminates. The composite laminates of the prototypes were produced using a vacuum infusion technique and were composed of glass and jute fibers, impregnated with a polyester resin. The solutions developed were compared with a standard, composed of plasterboards having different thicknesses and used for thermal and acoustic insulation. Acoustic insulation characterization was performed on specimens with 220x220 mm size in a sound proof acoustic chamber. The tested sandwich panels showed promising results; however, their overall performance was lower as compared to the performance of standard solutions used for comparison. Nevertheless, the specific acoustic insulation performance, i.e. sound reduction per unit mass of material for the developed sandwich panels was significantly higher as compared to the standard materials, indicating better suitability of this innovative solution for light-weight construction and modular housing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-464
Number of pages10
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Early online date11 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventLuso-Brazilian Conference of Sustainable Construction Materials - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 5 Mar 20147 Mar 2014


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