Floor Vibrations ? Tips for Designers

by Thomas M. Murray, Virginia Polytechnic Inst &, State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-88/ASCE 5-88) and Specifications for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.1-88/ASCE 6-88) (ACI 530.1-88/ASCE 6-88)


The purpose of this paper is to suggest a number of practical concepts which can be used to improve the performance of floor systems subject to occupant induced motion from either walking, dancing or exercising. Changing one of the three fundamental floor motion parameters, amplitude (or acceleration), damping, and frequency can usually reduce annoying floor motion. The paper describes methods for improving the performance of a floor system through modification of its fundamental characteristics.

Subject Headings: Floors | Vibration | Motion (dynamics) | Steel structures | Damping | Buildings | Structural stability

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