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Novel Acoustical Polyolefin Foams

Novel acoustical materials have been developed. The materials are thermoplastic foams extruded from blends of a polypropylene (PP) resin with an ethylenic polymer resin. One material is an open-cell sheet product made from a blend of a PP resin and a polyolefin elastomer (POE). Another is a large-celled plank foam of substantially closed-cell structure made from a blend of a polypropylene resin and a low density polyethylene (PE) resin. The foam materials are of lightweight, hydrophobic, dust free, recyclable and withstand the temperatures prevailing in automotive uses.