Effect of Dynamic Stiffness and Mass of Resilient Sound Mat Material on the Impact Sound Performance of Floor-Ceiling Assemblies

This paper describes how it is becoming more common in buildings in North America to require construction of floor-ceiling assemblies that address impact and airborne sound. Resilient sound mats composed of either rubber or plastic materials are commonly used in these assemblies to improve their sound reduction capability. Rubber mats are typically heavy, and can be manufactured in a wide range of dynamic stiffness. In this case rubber mats were used that varied between 6 and 8 kg/m2 and of dynamic stiffness of 16 to 52 MN/m3. Plastic weave mats are typically lighter, 0.8 kg/m2 and have a dynamic stiffness of 28 MN/m3. On top of these mats is poured a screed material, typically composed of lightweight concrete. Finished flooring is then placed on top to complete a floor assembly. All of these materials are non-proprietary and generally available. This combination of products may be referred to collectively as floor toppings. The effectiveness of the resilient materials were measured on both massive (concrete floor) and less massive (joist floor with lightweight sub floor) structures for performance comparison.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 51-54
  • Monograph Title: Noise-Con 04. The 2004 National Conference on Noise Control Engineering

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  • Accession Number: 01054153
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2007 11:45AM