Innovative use of sheep wool for obtaining new materials with sound-absorbing properties

Authors: BORLEA (MUREȘAN) Simona Ioana, TIUC Ancuţa Elena, NEMEȘ Ovidiu

Faculty: Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Country: Romania


The aim of this study is to obtain new materials with sound absorbing properties using the sheep’s wool as raw material. Seven new materials were obtained by hot pressing (60 ÷ 80 °C and 0.05 ÷ 6 MPa) of wool fibers and one by cold pressing. Results shown that by the simply hot pressing of the wool, a new product is obtained which can be processed and easily manipulated. The obtained materials have very good sound absorption properties with acoustic absorption coefficient values over 0.7 for the frequency range 800 ÷ 3150 Hz; the results prove that the sheep wool has a comparable sound absorption performance to that of mineral wool or recycled polyurethane foam. Hot pressed materials have a much higher density than cold pressed materials. The density of materials made from hot pressed sheep’s wool increases with increasing pressure.