When deciding on the acoustic panels for the control of noise issues or the refinement of the sound quality in a space, the areas function needs to be matched to the required acoustic performance. Once this essential design element and assessment is completed a decision can be made on the placements of the acoustic clouds, baffles, or panels. Acoustic treatments are available in a wide range of sound absorbing panels, fabric systems, acoustic ceiling clouds or noise baffles.
All these products absorb direct sound energy and, if placed properly, reduce direct and reflected sound bouncing off other hard surfaces. In general, soft and or porous materials are good sound absorbers which contribute to reducing the noise energy in a space. Dense, hard surfaces and materials reflect sound, causing echo and noise energy build up making conversations difficult to understand.
Using Acoustic baffles or acoustic clouds
Acoustic baffles and acoustic clouds come into their own when wall space is limited or when the area is large. Just like acoustic wall panels, they absorb both direct and (echo) reverberant sound.
As the name suggests acoustic clouds and baffles are usually hung parallel on the ceiling.
Sound travels in the air and is absorbed when it encounters the cloud or baffle. Additional secondary reflections are also partially absorbed.
Acoustic baffles and clouds act as acoustic panels when suspended horizontally below the ceiling; multiple baffles can be hung vertically to increase the surface area for absorption. Both clouds and baffles are equally as effective in both direct and reverberant sound reduction.
Ceiling treatments in the form of baffles and clouds effectively reduce reflected sound in large and open environments while helping to define areas with high ceilings and large open spaces. Ceiling-mounted or suspended treatments have both sides exposed to maximise their noise absorption. These treatments can be in the form of elegant lines and soft shapes suspend horizontally from the ceiling.
As well as their acoustic function in controlling noise, ceiling clouds or acoustic baffles create a modern appearance in residential and commercial spaces. When chosen correctly these products offer sound absorption and exceptional aesthetics, creating visual interest, allowing for design flexibility in architectural, spaces. Clouds and baffles can be manufacture to bespoke designs creating aesthetically pleasing forms that are easy to maintain while still conveying quality.
Baffles and clouds can be made from a variety of materials and are available in a range of sizes, colours, and shapes. Fire rated, and low VOC materials can be used to meet building code requirements combined with a variety of finishes and styles.
Their use is cost effective and retrofittable. Installation is simple as, individually placed panels or clustered in groups. The installation process allows for easy integration with mechanical services.
Acoustic baffles and clouds are well suited to classrooms, lecture theatres, auditoriums, restaurants, atriums, airports, malls, offices, foyers, museums, commercial areas, call centres, exhibition zones, leisure centres, transport hubs, retail malls and food Courts designed to either stand out or blend in.