Vertical Partitions and Floor Vibration Serviceability
Journal of Architectural Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers
Non-structural vertical partitions and cladding can have a significant effect on the vibration serviceability of floor systems. A typical modern office building, consisting of steel-concrete composite floor systems, was created to investigate the potential beneficial effects of integrating non-structural partitions into structural floor systems to reduce floor vibrations due to walking excitation. Two models of this building were presented, one to represent the completed building with an open-plan layout and another with partitions added in a beneficial pattern to enhance the floor's vibration performance. The addition of non-structural partitions successfully reduced floor accelerations due to walking excitation and helped the floor to satisfy the vibration serviceability criterion for office floors. The potential of vertical full-height non-structural partitions and cladding to transmit vibrations between floors was also investigated. A vibration transmission simulation was conducted on the Finite Element (FE) model to quantify vibration transmission between floors through the structural frame and non-structural vertical partitions and cladding. The results were then compared with experimental results previously recorded on the floors of a real-life Charles Institute building in Dublin featuring the same type of partitions but different structural frame. It was concluded that both the FE model and real-life building featuring structural elements and full-height partitions have the potential to transmit significant level of vibrations between two adjacent floors. The results presented in this study will be of interest to design engineers and researchers in the area of vibration serviceability of floor systems, as it highlights the potential of non-structural elements to reduce the floor vibration response to acceptable levels to transmit vibrations between floors.
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
© 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers.
Devin, A., Fanning, P., and Pavic, A. (2015). "Nonstructural Partitions and Floor Vibration Serviceability." J. Archit. Eng. , 10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000171 , 04015008.
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