Probabilistic Evaluation of Human Perception Threshold of Horizontal Vibration of Buildings (0.125Hz to 6.0Hz)

by Jun Kanda, Univ of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,
Yukio Tamura, Univ of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,
Kunio Fujii, Univ of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,
Tamio Ohtsuki, Univ of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,
Kiyoto Shioya, Univ of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,
Shinji Nakata, Univ of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Vibration perception tests are conducted both for low frequencies of high-rise buildings and high frequencies of low-rise residential buildings. The vibration frequency is varied from 0.125Hz to 6.0Hz. The tests are basically carried out on subjects sitting for uniaxial sinusoidal vibration. The additional experiments examining the effects of the body posture, the vibration mode and the randomness are also conducted. Variations of the individual perception thresholds are very significant and the results are evaluated in a probabilistic manner.

Subject Headings: Vibration | Residential buildings | Probability | Earthquake resistant structures | Seismic tests | Human and behavioral factors | Buildings

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