Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

Traffic induced vibrations, which are transmitted through the ground, may interfere with the proper operation of vibration sensitive equipments and cause nuisance on local population. Influence of these vibrations on surrounding buildings and sensitive devices play an important role on acceptance of the projects. In this study, main objective is the estimation of ground-borne vibration levels due to operation of heavy vehicles at two different sites where soil type and stratification significantly differs. For this purpose, site specific vibration surveys are conducted. A series of dynamic finite element modeling analyses are performed to predict actual vibration records at measurement points. Parameters used in finite element modeling are obtained through geotechnical and geophysical surveys conducted at the site. Modeling results are in good agreement with the actual vibration levels in the considered frequency range. Frequency range of dominant structural responses due to ground borne vibrations induced by heavy vehicles is found to be between 10 Hz to 50 Hz for a single degree of freedom system with 3% damping. Calibrated finite element models are further used to predict the attenuation of vibrations with distance from the source. Slightly better wave attenuation is observed in soil site compared to the rock site.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Attenuation of Traffic Induced Ground Borne Vibrations due to Heavy Vehicles

San Diego, California

Traffic induced vibrations, which are transmitted through the ground, may interfere with the proper operation of vibration sensitive equipments and cause nuisance on local population. Influence of these vibrations on surrounding buildings and sensitive devices play an important role on acceptance of the projects. In this study, main objective is the estimation of ground-borne vibration levels due to operation of heavy vehicles at two different sites where soil type and stratification significantly differs. For this purpose, site specific vibration surveys are conducted. A series of dynamic finite element modeling analyses are performed to predict actual vibration records at measurement points. Parameters used in finite element modeling are obtained through geotechnical and geophysical surveys conducted at the site. Modeling results are in good agreement with the actual vibration levels in the considered frequency range. Frequency range of dominant structural responses due to ground borne vibrations induced by heavy vehicles is found to be between 10 Hz to 50 Hz for a single degree of freedom system with 3% damping. Calibrated finite element models are further used to predict the attenuation of vibrations with distance from the source. Slightly better wave attenuation is observed in soil site compared to the rock site.