It has been shown via laboratory measurements that the airborne and impact sound insulation of a concrete floor structure with a suspended plasterboard ceiling can be improved by using elastic ceiling suspension systems. The weighted airborne sound reduction index Rw was increased by 7 dB and the normalized impact sound pressure level Ln,w was decreased by 15 dB when using elastic ceiling hangers as opposed to fixed hangers. In order to study the effect of elastic ceiling hangers on sound insulation further and to make it easier to compare different suspension systems especially in the low frequency range, a calculation model applying the finite element method (FEM) and parametric calculation methods was created. The calculation model was validated using measured data. The calculation results were then used to predict the improve-ment of sound insulation achieved with the different suspended ceilings. Additionally, the calculation model was used to examine the phenomena around the performance of the different ceiling hangers. The calculation results confirm the observations made from the laboratory measurements; switching from fixed ceiling hangers to elastomer ceiling hangers improved the performance of the suspended ceiling by more than 10 dB, with significant improvements beginning from the low frequencies.

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