Implications of structural design on the effectiveness of active vibration control of floor structures
Structural Control and Health Monitoring
Wiley for European Association for the Control of Structures and International Association for Structural Control and Monitoring
Active vibration control has shown great potential for reducing the response of floor structures and has the potential to realise significant material savings in slender designs through incorporation from the conceptual stage. However, different structural designs result in different modal properties, and these can significantly affect the effectiveness of an active vibration control implementation. This paper investigates the implications of these different structural designs. Two floor structures with known vibration serviceability issues are considered; both of these are fairly typical designs. Active control is then simulated on each floor in order to improve the response of the structure. A multipedestrian walking force model is developed and used to generate the response of each structure. This loading model is calibrated and verified using experimentally acquired data on the structures considered. It was found that the effectiveness of the control was localised to each structural panel, and therefore the structural design that yielded larger panels required fewer actuators to reduce the response over the entire structure. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support given by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council via Industrial CASE Award with WSP Buildings (Voucher Number 08002020), the Responsive Mode Grant (Ref. EP/H009825/1), Platform Grant (Ref. EP/G061130/1) and Leadership Fellowship Grant (Ref. EP/J004081/1).
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Wiley via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 21 (5), pp. 685 - 704