Creating sound is something that comes naturally to us.
Controlling sound is another story.
Sound control is a present concern in offices around the globe. Ambient sound can be both distracting and discomforting at excessive levels. Conventional methods of sound control including foams and fabrics have been used to date to absorb, reflect and diffuse sound to a certain degree. Thanks to a collaboration between IQ Furniture and Revolution Fibres, a New Zealand based nanofibre company, we’re excited to introduce a revolutionary new sound control product we have integrated into IQ office furniture – Phonix Acoustic Nanofibre.
What is Phonix?
Phonix is an electrospun nanofibre, designed and created specifically to enhance the acoustic performance of IQ Acoustic Furniture. The electrospinning process creates fibres so small they can only be seen under powerful microscopes. This gives Phonix nanofibre some revolutionary acoustic properties.
Polyester threads are shown under magnification. Small surface area, large air gaps between fibres meaning very little sound absorption.
Conventional closed-cell acoustic foam showing air capsules and a large collective surface area, meaning good levels of absorption.
Microscopic fibres create a dense web with a huge surface area. This drastically improves sound absorption levels of IQ Acoustic Furniture.
Surface Area = Sound Absorption
The surface area of Phonix nanofibre is 100- 10,000 higher than that of conventional fibres. Noise absorption rates are exponentially higher because of the interaction of air molecules of sound waves with the Phonix nanofibre surfaces.
Dense & Lightweight
Traditionally the way to increase the surface area of sound-control materials was to increase thickness, therefore increasing weight and bulk. Phonix nanofibre eliminates this issue by creating a huge surface area in an incredibly dense, lightweight layer.