Acoustic foam: how does it work?

An acoustic foam is a solution that effectively reduces noise from a room or establishment. Indeed, these solutions have been specially designed and designed with the aim of guaranteeing sound insulation: whether it is a private individual who wants to insulate its walls so as not to interfere with the well-being of its neighbors, a nightclub that must have its structure soundproof to avoid nightfall on the street, a bar or a restaurant wishing that its lively and noisy atmosphere does not encroach on the comfort of neighbors outside, or a factory, which wants to guarantee a comfortable working for its employees by having acoustic foams around its industrial machines to limit noise, etc.

The principle of operation of an acoustic foam

An acoustic foam is actually a bulwark that limits the propagation of sound waves outward. In this way, the noise is contained in the said room. Indeed, acoustic foams are designed with different materials (polyurethane, melamine, rubber, etc.) known for their undeniable sound absorption quality. Sound when it inevitably meets the insulating surface, is literally trapped in matter. This phenomenon allows a significant reduction in the noise emitted and thus, the sound that still needs to pass through a wall, is less likely to spread outside.

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There are different types of sound foam. Indeed, each foam has a different shape and material, which gives it its own characteristics. For example, a composite foam (polyurethane) is waterproof, flexible and shock-resistant. It also has a very high acoustic efficiency. A melamine foam for its part, offers a quality high sound absorption due to its open cell structure. In addition, this material is rather aesthetic and appreciated for its lightness. Finally, a rubber foam has a closed-cell structure, which gives it high strength and tightness. This type of foam is also known for its sound insulation performance.

A different foam for each use

This is how each type of foam is suitable for particular use. For example, rubber or polyurethane foam is used by private individuals or professionals to insulate walls or machines (compressors, ventilation, motors, etc.). Conversely, melamine foam is used most of the time to soundproof theatres, restaurants, nightclubs, recording studios, etc.

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The mosses Also have different shapes: smooth, pyramidal or alveolar. These peculiarities have advantages in certain situations. Indeed, a cellular or pyramidal foam will be much more effective than a smooth foam for soundproofing a recording studio for example. Indeed, the rounded or strident shape of these types of foams will contribute to sound absorption efficiency and effectively dissociate sound waves. While a smooth face foam will be significantly more effective in preventing voice noise from moving from one wall to another and thus, not causing harm to your adjoining neighbor.

In addition, in establishments where compliance with fire safety standards is required, foams certified M1 to the fire classification (non-flammable) are recommended. Visit the Elastomer Solutions website where a good choice of foam acoustics awaits you.