Automotive Sound Absorbing Material Survey Results 2007-01-2186
Recently a sound absorption study was undertaken involving a wide range of samples of common automotive materials from ten different manufacturers. The study included 128 porous absorbers of varying thicknesses and material types (cotton blends, microfibers, etc.). This paper presents the results of that study.
It was found that no single material outperformed all the others; rather, metrics such as specific air flow resistance were more important than the specific material making up the absorber. In general, samples within a certain range of thickness and specific air flow resistance showed the best performance. However, there was no single value of specific flow resistance that was optimal for all material thicknesses. Instead thinner materials required higher flow resistivity than thicker materials. In addition, because the specific air flow resistance is such an important parameter, the presence or lack of a scrim had a significant impact on absorption results.