Propagation of a plane harmonic sound wave in fiber materials such as glass wool is studied theoretically and experimentally. Wave equations are set up that take into account the movement of the fiber skeleton. The attenuation of the sound wave in slabs of glass wool was calculated and measured. The main new result is that the experimental attenuation at low-frequency propagating wave is lower when the fibers move. For wave with frequency 100 Hz in glass wool of density 20 kg/m3, the attenuation of a layer of thickness 0.20 m is 4 dB if the fibers move, and 12 dB if they do not move. The attenation was computed from the fiber diameters and their density, which was found from the mass density. Measured attenuation is lower than the values calculated. Nevertheless, if the density is adjusted, a complete fit is obtained between experimental and theoretical values for frequencies 50-5000 Hz.
Acoustical Society of America. Journal, 1999, Vol 105, Issue 1, p. 234-240