New Developments in Molded Polyurethane for Sound Insulation Applications 2001-01-1555
The continual trend towards weight reduction resulted in the implementation of molded polyurethane carpet underlay at a density of 43 kg/m3 in early 2000. Now, through new formulation developments, coupled with the production introduction of carbon dioxide co-blown technology, additional weight reductions have been achieved. This has resulted in molded densities of 34 kg/m3 to be reached in prototype moldings. In addition to weight reductions, there has also been a renewed focus on improving the acoustical performance of the sound insulation material. As a result, a new family of formulations has been developed which have shown acoustical improvement while not sacrificing weight. This paper will showcase these new developments and highlight the benefits of polyurethane in sound insulation applications.