2008 Volume 49 Issue 2 Pages 345-351
Recently, the application of porous soundproof materials to automobiles is changing from the use of sound insulation materials to the use of sound absorption materials. A method for attaining high absorption performance in the low-frequency region without increasing the material weight is thus needed. We investigated the use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning for investigating the microscopic structure of soft urethane foam, a low specific gravity resin material, in a nondestructive manner. Our testing reveals that it is an effective tool for observing the microscopic organizational structure of a low specific gravity resin material and that the cell size of urethane foam, as measured by X-ray CT, affects the sound absorption characteristics. It also shows that reducing cell size shifts the peak frequency of the sound absorption coefficient downward.