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The purpose of this project was to conduct research into the use of steel for coating in new products and mixed steel features for cosmetic uses in wall and ceiling elements, and to focus on the latest acoustic design criteria. The project partnership has produced specific market surveys on Germany, Spain and Portugal. Since the EU enlarged during the period in question, the partnership also analysed opportunities in new Member States, such as Poland and Romania. The studies concluded that several elements were relevant, and specific tests were planned to address them. It is important to note that some partners improved their acoustic rooms in respect of low frequencies between the submission of the proposal and the actual start of the project, making it unnecessary to move samples between laboratories. The partnership therefore agreed to increase the number of sample tests from 96 to 120 as it would be much more convenient to gather information for model calibration. Even though this was not one of its initial goals, the partnership produced some specific software tools to help people with technical knowledge identify valuable solutions for acoustic performance prediction by considering all the response spectra of elements. Indeed, some software tools were developed to help designers choose materials to fit an expected tonal curve. Finally, specific design rules have been introduced to help technical users with their work, by considering specific and relevant aspects as key for obtaining the right answer, regarding the quality of solutions for customers.

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Authors: ORDIERES J J, University of La Rioja, Logroño (ES);SANCHEZ M J, Aceralia Transformados (ACE), Gozón-Asturias (ES);ARCE C, Aceralia Transformados (ACE), Gozón-Asturias (ES);SCHMOLKE B, Forschungs-und-Qualitatszentrum Oderbrücke GmbH, Eisenhüttenstadt (DE);CHAVES A, Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade, Porto Salvo (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23620 EN (2009), 152 pp. Euro: 20
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23620-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-10572-2
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