Colas, the leading road construction and maintenance group, and its subsidiary, Somaro, a specialist in safety equipment and road signs and signals, in partnership with the Ecole Polytechnique, have developed a new type of noise barrier for roads with an unequalled level of sound absorption. Depending on the configuration, the barrier’s performance is 30% to 50% greater than that of the most effective sound panels currently available on the market.
This innovative product, for which a patent application has been filed and which has earned the Siemens Prize for Applied Research 2003 for the Ecole Polytechnique (the reputed French school of engineering), is based on a number of theoretical and experimental studies on the properties of irregularly shaped objects. It has been proved that the geometry of objects is of great importance in the deadening of noise. Resonators with a jagged or ragged geometrical shape can therefore deliver better sound deadening than ordinary geometrically smooth systems.
Considering these properties, and bearing in mind, moreover, that it is very difficult to manufacture irregularly shaped objects using inexpensive industrial processes (such as moulding, for instance), the challenge for the team consisted in developing the morphology of an acoustically absorbent material that would be appropriate for moulding.
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