Vibration Behavior of Composite Slab with Precast Ribbed Panels due to Transient Impact

Jiepeng Liu, Shu Huang, Jiang Li, Y. Frank Chen

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Excessive floor vibrations due to human activities such as heel-drop and jumping can induce annoyance to occupants and cause a serious serviceability problem. Both field tests and finite element analysis were conducted to study the vibration behavior of the composite slab with precast ribbed panels (CSPRP), a relatively new floor system compared with the cast-in-place reinforced concrete (RC) slab. In addition, both heel-drop and jumping impacts were employed to generate the acceleration response of the floor, from which two important vibration characteristics of natural frequencies and damping ratios are obtained. A comparison of the vibration behavior of CSPRPs with RC slabs indicates that the former exhibits more satisfactory perceptibility in terms of vibration. Appropriate coefficients (i.e. βfp=0.03 and βrp=0.14) with the root-mean-square and peak accelerations subjected to heel-drop and jumping excitations are proposed for both CSPRPs and RC slabs. Lastly, an extensive parametric study considering different boundary conditions, floor types, and floor spans was carried out using the finite element method. It is recommended to use CSPRP under 3.3m span in order to keep the fundamental frequency above 3.0Hz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1950148
JournalInternational Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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