Effect of train-induced vibrations on houses - a case study

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ConferenceProceedings, Symposium/Workshop on Serviceability of Buildings (Movements, Deformations, Vibrations): 16 May 1988, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Pages603614; # of pages: 12
Subjecttrains; vibrations; mobile homes; residential facilities; settlement; kamloops, british columbia, canada; building resonances; architectural damage; vibration-induced settlement; foundations; investigation methods; recommendations; Vibrations
AbstractTrain-induced vibrations of houses and mobile homes in Kamloops, British Columbia, were investigated to determine whether the vibrations could have resulted in damage to residences near the tracks. A detailed investigation showed that building resonance could result in architectural damage up to 250 m from the tracks and that vibration-induced settlement could occur for certain mobile home foundations located on loose wet fill. The criterion for possible architectural damage to stucco and brittle interior finishes was taken as 5 mm/s peak velocity, measured at the ceiling level of the one-storey houses. As a result of this study, general recommendations are presented regarding the methods employed in investigating similar train vibration problems.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number29123
NPARC number20375464
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