Effect of structural design on traffic-induced building vibrations

Peter Persson, Lars Vabbersgaard Andersen, Kent Persson, Paulius Bucinskas

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Population growth and urbanization results in densified cities, where new buildings are being built closer to existing vibration sources such as road-, tram- and rail traffic. In addition, new transportation systems are constructed closer to existing buildings. Potential disturbing vibrations are one issue to consider in planning urban environment and densification of cities. Vibrations can be disturbing for humans but also for sensitive equipment in, for example, hospitals. In determining the risk for disturbing vibrations, the distance between the source and the receiver, the ground properties, and type and size of the building are governing factors. In the paper, a study is presented aiming at investigating the influence of various parameters of the building's structural design on vibration levels in the structure caused by ground surface loads, e.g. traffic. Parameters studied are related to the type of construction material (if it would be a light or heavy structure), and to the slab thickness. The finite element method is employed for discretizing the building structure that is coupled to a semi-analytical model considering a layered ground.
© 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number66
JournalProcedia Engineering
Pages (from-to)2711–2716
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe X International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2017 - Sapienza University of Rome, Rom, Italy
Duration: 10 Sept 201713 Sept 2017
Conference number: 10


ConferenceThe X International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2017
LocationSapienza University of Rome


  • Traffic-induced vibrations
  • Vibration mitigation
  • Structural design


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