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New gauge for materials' acoustic performance

Tata Steel and the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) have jointly developed an online tool to provide structural engineers with a gauge for working out the likely level of acoustic performance for various forms of construction.  

The new tool is able to estimate the acoustic insulation provided by different combinations of materials used in the construction of steel walls and floor systems, allowing the user to carry out a “what if” analysis before embarking on a detailed design.

The tool uses empirical interpretation of test data from structures in the residential, health and school sectors to predict the acoustic performance of the user’s chosen arrangement.

Although these additional factors are not specifically included, their effect is built in to the underlying data allowing a realistic assessment to be made.

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