Development of a New Sound Transmission Test for Automotive Sealant Materials
A new laboratory method has been developed to evaluate the acoustical properties of expandable and other automotive sealants. These materials are used to reduce wind, road, and powertrain noise transmission into passenger compartments. In the new method, ASTM E 1050 absorption measurement equipment is used along with a new sample holder, a downstream microphone holder (providing two additional microphone locations) and an anechoic termination. These additions permit measurement of normal incidence transmission loss as well as absorption. It is intended to encourage adoption of this method as a standard way of quantifying the acoustical performance of sealants and sealing composites in automotive noise control applications.