Classification of Human Induced Floor Vibrations

Tomi Toratti, Asko Talja

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This paper summarizes results from vibration tests on floors. Classification of floors into five headings is given based on vibration characteristics. Suggested criteria and limiting values are proposed. These values are based on tests carried out on site and in laboratory conditions. It was found that the point load deflection is the best indicator for floor vibration design, when the fundamental frequency is higher than 10 Hz. It is further suggested that the deformation caused by the point load is divided into a local deflection mainly caused by soft toppings and floating floors and a global deflection of the main floor joists.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollected Papers in Building Acoustics: Sound transmission. Barry Gibbs, John Goodchild, Carl Hopkins and David Oldham (Eds.)
EditorsBarry Gibbs, John Goodchild, Carl Hopkins
Place of PublicationEssex, UK
PublisherMulti-Science Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-1-907132-10-0
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeB2 Part of a book or another research book


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