Traffic vibrations in buildings

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Series titleConstruction Technology Update; no. 39
Physical description6 p.
SubjectTraffic noise; Vibrations
AbstractTraffic-induced vibrations are a frequent problem with buildings. When a heavy vehicle such as a bus or a truck strikes an irregularity in a road surface, an impact load is generated which, in turn, gives rise to vibrations that travel through the soil. Soil - particularly its type and stratification - is but one factor influencing the transmission of vibrations. They are usually worst in areas underlain by a thick but soft clay soil layer. Vibrations rarely cause direct damage and are actually more of an annoyance for homeowners than anything else. For activities that require a vibration-free work area, structures can be built that absorb traffic-induced vibrations.
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PublisherInstitute for Research in Construction. National Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : La vibration des bâtiments sous l'effet de la circulation
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number10066
NPARC number20326995
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Record identifier6279fde6-69d1-420f-b0b3-169ed2f06671
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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