Acoustic panels provide passive control of sound in the built environment. Zahner works with designers to develop custom perforated acoustic panels which provide all the benefits of acoustic tiles, but with a much larger array of surface appearances. Using acoustically perforated metal can provide a high-end look and feel, while providing a sound deadening effect for an interior or exterior space.

How Perforated Acoustic Panels are Made

There are two methods for designing perforated acoustic metals. In the basic method, the perforated metal is primarily a decorative surface which hides the acoustic panel behind it. In the more advanced method, the perforated metal provides not only a decorative surface, but also provides a way of tuning out specific resonant frequencies.

The basic method works by insulating a perforated metal sheet with an absorptive material. In this method, the perforated metal provides the visible face of the surface, while the acoustic material is hidden behind in the panel's cavity. 

When the sound waves pass through the perforations, the sound essentially is "captured" by the special acoustic material enclosed. This is the basics of acoustic panels. Working with Zahner engineers, your design team can develop high performance systems for acoustic panels. It is recommended that designer seeking a custom acoustic metal system consider developing the project using Design Assist procurement. This procurement option provides a path forward for pricing and detailing the specifics of a design to ensure a smooth project delivery.

Custom aluminum acoustic ceiling panel system.
Custom aluminum acoustic ceiling panel system.
Custom acoustic panel, cast aluminum ceiling.
Custom acoustic panel, cast aluminum ceiling.
Acoustic panel detail, made in cast aluminum.
Acoustic panel detail, made in cast aluminum.
Custom acoustic tiles for the Taubman Museum of Art.
Custom acoustic tiles for the Taubman Museum of Art.
Custom acoustic metal tile panels for the KCPD Headquarters.
Custom acoustic metal tile panels for the KCPD Headquarters.

Zinc Acoustic Panels — The highest quality metal for acoustics

While all architectural metals can be used in acoustic systems, zinc has an added benefit of being one of the softest metals on the architectural market. Zinc is a good choice for acoustic reduction because of its deadening properties vis-à-vis mitigating reverberant noise. Zinc can be patinated and formed to achieve a variety of aesthetics. Combining zinc with perforations with appropriate sound absorptive material, will outperform many metal acoustical systems.

Developing a custom acoustic panel system starts with your concept. Zahner can provide a number of design options as well as full service design assist, engineering, manufacturing and installation services. Get in touch with an engineering and sales representative to see how Zahner can assist in your design.

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