Free Saflex acous­tic glaz­ing cal­cu­la­tor

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

EAST­MAN HAS a new and free Saflex SoundPro acous­tic glaz­ing cal­cu­la­tor now avail­able at www.saflex.com/soundpro. The cal­cu­la­tor is free to en­gi­neers and ar­chi­tects and gives them the abil­ity to com­pare a va­ri­ety of glaz­ing com­po­nents and tech­nolo­gies to de­ter­mine op­ti­mal glaz­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions to meet spe­cific acous­tic per­for­mance tar­gets.

Us­ing large, dra­matic pan­els of glass is one of to­day’s most pop­u­lar de­sign trends. How­ever, the ben­e­fits of day­light­ing and im­proved views pro­vided by large glass ex­panses also in­crease the trans­mis­sion of sound, es­pe­cially in dense ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. The chal­lenge for the de­sign com­mu­nity is to un­der­stand the breadth of ma­te­ri­als, de­sign tech­niques, acous­tic glaz­ing sys­tems, and other vari­ables to meet project re­quire­ments.

“It’s hard to know what acous­tic glaz­ing so­lu­tion best meets the needs for a project – es­pe­cially since each project is dif­fer­ent,” said Kevin Moens, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, ar­chi­tec­ture. “That’s why we de­vel­oped SoundPro. It’s an easy-to-use pro­gram that quickly iden­ti­fies po­ten­tial acous­tic solutions for your project.”

SoundPro of­fers two modes to gen­er­ate cal­cu­la­tions. The Product Se­lec­tor mode re­quires users to in­put acous­tic per­for­mance tar­gets us­ing global stan­dards of Sound Trans­mis­sion Class (STC), Out­side In­side Trans­mis­sion Class (OITC), and Re­duc­tion In­dex (Rw). SoundPro then iden­ti­fies the acous­tic glaz­ing solutions that meet these spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

The sec­ond mode is the Glaz­ing Con­fig­u­ra­tor, which pro­vides es­ti­mates for cus­tom de­signed glaz­ing sys­tems. Users have a range of vari­ables to con­sider, in­clud­ing the type of acous­tic in­ter­layer, glass thick­ness, air space, types of in­su­lated glass, and de­sign strate­gies. Once a cal­cu­la­tion is com­plete, users have the op­tion to re­fine these se­lec­tions, and then re­ceive a de­tailed re­port in­clud­ing acous­tic rat­ings, test de­tails, a sound trans­mis­sion loss chart, glaz­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion de­tails, and more.

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