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Effect of a viscoelastic admixture on transient vibration in a concrete and steel floor
Author(s): Neil Moiseev
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Paper Abstract

The typical concrete and steel building structure has very little inherent damping, resulting in a very large Q, a measure of the sharpness of the amplitude response at resonance. Some damping effects are provided through the inertia and friction provided by a building''s full height partitions, hung ceilings, furniture, and suspended ducts and piping. These items have an effect on the very low amplitude vibration that affects sensitive laboratory equipment and the processes used in the microelectronic industry. This paper presents studies of transient vibration of floors in two existing buildings. The floors have been treated by adding a two inch thick concrete topping to the structural floor. This additional layer of concrete was treated by using a viscoelastic damping admixture in place of some of the water used to form the concrete. The admixture can dramatically reduce the Q of concrete from the normal 200 to between 20 and 50, depending on the amount of admixture used per yard of concrete. The measured velocity and frequency of the transient vibration excited by footfalls is compared to the predicted velocity and frequency of the same floor structure without the damping admixture. A formula to predict the peak transient vibration velocity due to footfalls for a concrete floor with a viscoelastic admixture is proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1619, Vibration Control in Microelectronics, Optics, and Metrology, (1 February 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.56838
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Neil Moiseev, Cerami and Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1619:
Vibration Control in Microelectronics, Optics, and Metrology
Colin G. Gordon, Editor(s)

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