Soundabsorbent melamine resin foam for indoor applications

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  • Melamine resin foams specifically for visible applications indoors
  • Good sound absorption combined with high light reflectance
  • Freedom of design indoors

BASF has introduced a new version of melamine resin foam which has been developed specifically for use in visible applications. The new Basotect B is white and meets the demands when used as a sound absorber for optimizing the acoustics of rooms.

Indoor design using Basotec resin foam

Basotect B is white and meets the demands when it is used as a sound absorber for optimizing the acoustics of rooms (source: BASF)

Freedom of design indoors

“The demand from architects and designers for visually appealing sound absorbers is very high,” says Johannes Kiefer, Professor in the Department of Design, Computer Science, Media at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden. Here the new melamine resin foam opens up new design options. The material offers special design possibilities due to its white color and the various options for shaping it. Besides the established properties such as very good sound absorption, flame retardancy, high inherent rigidity, and ease of processing, the material has a high light reflectance value which can help to lower the lighting demand and thus save energy.

Basotect – the properties

Basotect is an open-cell foam based on melamine resin. Due to its base material it is flame retardant (B1 according to DIN 4102) and can be used at up to 240°C, retaining its properties over a wide temperature range. The open-cell foam structure makes it lightweight, soundabsorbent, flexible even at low temperatures, and thermally insulating. The material is used primarily for sound absorption and thermal insulation in areas which are subject to more stringent fire safety requirements, for example in buildings, cars, and trains.

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