A study of vibrations produced in structures by heavy vehicles

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Pages406419; # of pages: 14
SubjectTraffic noise; Vibrations
AbstractThe use of heavy vehicles in city streets in recent years in Canada has brought into prominence the question of the vibrations produced and the possibility of structural damage caused by these vibrations. In this paper, a series of experiments is described, whereby, using a seismograph, measurements were taken of the vibrations produced in a structure by the passage of a trolley bus and a gasoline bus. The relative effects on the amplitude and frequency of the vibrations of factors such as, (a) weight of vehicle, (b) speed of vehicle, (c) condition of road surface, (d) thickness of road bed, (e) underlying soil frozen and unfrozen were investigated. The vibrations measured are correlated with previously published reports of the vibrations necessary to cause damage to structures, and comments are made on the sensitivity of human beings to vibrations.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6905
NPARC number20359167
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