Sound Transmission Properties of Mineral-filled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Wood-HDPE Composites

Birm-June Kim, Runzhou Huang, Xinwu Xu, Sun-Young Lee, Jason Kunio, Qinglin Wu

Abstract


Wood plastic composites (WPCs) offer various advantages and potential as a competitive alternative to conventional noise barriers. For this purpose, the influence of composite formulation on the sound transmission loss (TL) of WPCs needs to be fully understood. In TL testing, stiffness and surface density are major factors influencing the sound insulation property of filled plastics and WPCs. Experimental TL values decreased as sound frequency increased; and the TL values increased after passing a certain frequency level. The comparison of experimental TL curves among filled composites showed that the addition of fillers led to an increase in resonance frequency and TL values. However, at high filling levels, the stiffness decrease led to TL reductions. The experimental TL curves of filled composites, composed of mass law and stiffness law predictions, were well approximated with their combined TL predictions.

Keywords


Clay; Calcium carbonate; Wood plastic composites; Sound transmission loss

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