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NEW ENVIRO-FRIENDLY ABSORBENT ACOUSTIC PANELS (EKOPAN)

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The main objective of this project is the development of innovative acoustic panels using recycled rubber from outof- service tyres and specific designs in order to reduce raw material dependence and environmental impact of concrete panels while providing a competitive product with better sound absorption performance than neat concrete acoustic panels used for noise reduction. The current European Framework Directive (Directive 2006/12/EC) places the emphasis on the need to establish waste schemes for end-of-life tires. End-of-life tires offer a significant opportunity for achieving sustainable development objectives. Widespread use in energy and material recovery applications is well-established as an alternative to virgin raw materials. Using recycled rubber material in some products can also improve the properties of that end product, as it is the case of the noise barriers that will be developed in the present project.

Benefits

Development of acoustic panels using recycled rubber from outof-service tyres in order to reduce raw material dependence and environmental impact
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Results

  • Better environmental performance than neat concrete acoustic panels
  • Carbon dioxide emissions derived from the fabrication of concrete are reduced due to the substitution of the concrete by recycled rubber
  • Higher sound absorption characteristics
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Fundation Tecnalia Research & Innovation
C/ Geldo. Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia) País Vasco
Spain
Contact point: 
Name: 
Dr. Marta Brizuela
Tel: 
+34 946 430 850 / +34 667116075
Name: 
Dr Miriam García
Tel: 
+34943816800
Name: 
Dr. Arantxa Artola
Tel: 
+34 647402327

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Sector:
Recycling
Duration:
01/07/2011 to 30/06/2013
Contract number: 
ECO/10/277227

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