Mitigating existing floor vibration issues in a school renovation

Linda M. Hanagan

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For over 40 years, students, faculty, and staff have been living with an often disturbing level of floor vibration caused by pedestrian traffic in an open plan library area of a suburban middle school. The library extends just beyond a 47 × 52 ft bay framed with a 3 in. slab on metal deck supported by 28 in deep steel joists spanning the short direction and W36 rolled girders in the long direction. As part of an upcoming major renovation, there is interest in exploring cost effective alternatives to reducing the impact of the current conditions. To quantify and understand the existing behavior and make suggestions to alter the behavior, a research study was undertaken. This paper describes the vibration measurements taken, assesses the behavior found including the surprising impact of higher order modes, and explores possible options to mitigate the impact of vibration on the occupants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDynamics of Coupled Structures - Proceedings of the 34th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2016
EditorsDaniel Rixen, Matt Allen, Randall L. Mayes
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319297620
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event34th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2016Jan 28 2016

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652


Other34th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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