West Virginia Patent of the Month – March 2022

Many considerations go into optimizing the acoustics of a room – whether it be to improve sound quality or to soundproof a room. Acoustic panels are a go-to tool to minimize noise. This is because a conventional wood veneer panel has a stiff construction that allows sound absorption through holes in the panel face. S.J. Morse Company has improved on this conventional design to improve this acoustic quality even more.

The company designed wood veneer panels with micro-perforations. Each of these perforations are limited to 0.5 mm in diameter. This wood layer is then set on a low-density fiberglass layer. The adhesive is strategically used so that it does not melt into the perforations when pressed together. The combination of these two features creates a noise reduction of at least 0.7 by improving the dynamic response of the entire panel face to low-frequency sound waves. This sound absorption is achieved through the micro-perforations as well as mechanically by the panel itself. 

SJ Morse has been innovating and diversifying the architectural veneers industry for decades. It is with this experience that they have successfully achieved this sound proofing using strategic architectural designs. 

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