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Laboratory tests

Download tests made by the The Labein technology centre, to confirm the good acoustic results of Akustik+Sylomer®.

This centre is officially ENAC-certified and complies with the requirements of the ISO 140-1:1997 standard.


Comparative tables of German laboratory ift ROSENHEIM where noise impact and airborne noise of the wooden ceilings with sand and rock wool filling with and without AMC supports are compared.


Wooden ceiling filled with sand

  • Impact noise
rosenheim Go to ift ROSENHEIM's report: Original (PDF) and Akustik + Sylomer (PDF)


  • Airborne noise
rosenheim Go to ift ROSENHEIM's report: Original (PDF) and Akustik + Sylomer (PDF)



Wooden ceiling filled with Mineral wool

  • Impact noise
rosenheim Go to ift ROSENHEIM's report: Original (PDF) and Akustik + Sylomer (PDF)


  • Airborne noise
rosenheim Go to ift ROSENHEIM's report: Original (PDF) and Akustik + Sylomer (PDF)



Impact noise level

Ln,w IIC
Floor without floating slab 76dB 34
Floor with floating slab 41dB 69

Airborne noise reduction

Floor without floating slab 58dB 59
Floor with floating slab 72dB 72


The test (test X37) is carried out in a ceiling composed of the following elements:

  • 50mm mortar with a weight of 120kg/m².
  • 30mm elastic thermal isolator with a stiffness of 30MN/m³ and a weight of 5,2kg/m².
  • 2x 30mm fibre cement layers with a weight of 89,3kg/m².
  • 22mm chipboard of 13,3kg/m².
  • Timber joists of dimensions 80mm x 220mm.
  • Plenum space of 140mm.
  • Acoustic hangers.
  • Crossed CD profiles.
  • 2x 12,5mm plasterboards of a total weight of 20,6kg/m².

The following curve shows the impact noise curve of Akustik Super T-60 + Sylomer® 30 Type A acoustic hangers according to DIN EN ISO 10140-3.

Different acoustic hangers have also been studied under same conditions, changing only the hangers and in some cases the number and the thickness of plasterboards. The results are summarized below:

Tested solutions Plasterboards Plenum space Acoustic Hangers Ln,w (100Hz - 3150Hz) IIC CI,50-2500 Real impact noise level including low frequencies
1 1x 12,5mm 27mm - 36 dB 74 18 dB 54 dB
2 2x 12,5mm 65mm Competitor’s acoustic hangers 32 dB 78 14 dB 46 dB
3 2x 18mm 65mm Competitor’s acoustic hangers 29 dB 81 15 dB 44 dB
4 2x 12,5mm 40mm - 32 dB 78 19 dB 51 dB
AMC Akustik + Sylomer® 2x 12,5mm 140mm Akustik + Sylomer® acoustic hangers 30 dB 80 10 dB 40 dB

Let’s compare the values of Ln,w, it can be seen that the 3rd solution is getting 29dB, the lowest value of all of them. The influence of low frequencies and the correction coefficients that must be considered for a correct evaluation of impact noise will be discussed later.

Another consideration that should be done is that the hanging mass is 44% higher for the solution 3 against the others that have lower plasterboard thickness and therefore lower mass.

The results are also shown in the graph below:

The solution 3 seems to be the best comparing the Ln,w values for the frequencies from 100Hz to 3150 Hz, but the corrective coefficient for low frequencies CI,50-2500 is showing important differences between the solutions.

Akustik + Sylomer® acoustic products have especially good performance at low frequencies.

Considering the real impact noise level including low frequencies, the best solution is by far the one with Akustik + Sylomer® hangers with 40dB, which is 4dB below the 3rd solution, which was the best without having considered the low frequencies.

Is it important to consider the low frequencies impact noise level from 50 Hz?

Andreas Rabold from IFT Rosenheim carried out an study called “Trittschalldämmung richtig bewerten” to evaluate the correlation between the value of Ln,w according to DIN EN ISO 717-2 and the subjective perception of impact noise on wooden ceilings.

To do this, a measurement carried out with the use of standard impact noise generator (tapping machine) according to DIN EN ISO 140-6 and a measurement of impact noise transmission when walking over the ceiling are compared, as shown in the schematics below:

Ln,w measurement of excitation generated with standard impact noise generator. LAF max,n measurement of excitation generated by walking over the ceiling.

The excitation to measure LAF max,n is generated by walkers with determined attributes and walking in a certain way. The value of LAF max,n is the maximum level measured with A-weighted frequency response and Fast time constant.

The next chart shows the values of each type of test (Ln,w in horizontal axis and LAF max,n in vertical axis) in each type of ceiling. Each point represents the results with a certain ceiling structure.

As it can be seen, the correlation between both test types is weak, as ideally all the points should be laying over a line that represents a good correlation between both tests. Moreover, the subjective perception of noise is in most of the cases lower than the value of Ln,w obtained according to DIN EN ISO 717-2.

The impact noise transmission spectrum of the excitation generated by walking on the ceiling is shown right

This chart explains the reason of the weak correlation between both tests in wooden ceilings. It can clearly be seen that almost all the transmission takes place below 100Hz, while a frequency range between 100Hz and 3150Hz is used to determine the value of Ln,w.

Due to this, it can be concluded that the value Ln,w is not useful to represent cases where frequencies below 100Hz are predominant and that a different evaluation should be used to better represent this case

In order to solve this problem, the correction coefficient CI,50-2500 was established in DIN EN ISO 717-2.

The use of this coefficient shows a much better correlation of the same ceiling structures between the subjective perception LAF max,n and Ln,w + CI,50-2500:

This correction factor allows the use of subjective perception level to determine the target values for good impact noise isolation, having a difference between both values of around 16 dB (A). It also shows the importance of taking the low frequencies into account to measure the impact noise isolation level in wooden ceilings.

Concerning airborne noise isolation, Akustik + Sylomer® hangers have also been tested in two different ceiling structures, one of them (test X38) in the same ceiling structure described above, while in the other (test X40) the mortar is replaced with a fibreboard with a weight of 30,4kg/m2 and only 1x 30mm fibre cement layer is used instead of two. The curves obtained in these tests are shown below:

The values of Rw (Weighted Sound Reduction Index) obtained in each test are summarized in the table below:

Test Rw (100Hz - 3150Hz) STC
X38 82 dB 83
X40 81 dB 82

The original reports mentioned above can be downloaded in the links below:

A. Rabold - Trittschalldämmung richtig bewerten LINK
Schallschutz im Holzbau - Grundlagen und Vorbemessung LINK
Schalltechnische Optimierung von Unterdeckenabhängern LINK

Akustik + Sylomer® acoustic hangers exceed the class A* recommendation of the German Acoustic Society DEGA.