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Human response to simulated intermittent railway-induced building vibration

Human response to simulated intermittent railway-induced building vibration
Human response to simulated intermittent railway-induced building vibration

This paper reports two whole-body vibration experiments. The first experiment was conducted to determine the manner in which annoyance caused by railway-induced building vibration depends on how frequently trains pass. It also investigated how annoyance depends on the magnitude of the vibration. The second experiment was conducted to confirm that the relation between the number of passing trains and the magnitude of vibration could be used to predict conditions which will cause similar annoyance. Forty-eight seated subjects experienced simulations of vertical vibration recorded in a house during the passage of a nearby train and assessed the stimuli on a seven-point scale. Annoyance increased with an increase in the number of passing trains and with increasing magnitude of vibration. The findings of the first study were employed to determine a trade-off between the number of passing trains. N, and the magnitude of the vibration, V. The relation was determined as approximately N ∝ V-4 for equal annoyance. This was confirmed by the results of the second experiment in which r.m.s. evaluation of the vibration (i.e., N ∝ V-2) was found to be less satisfactory. The relation (V4N = constant) for equal annoyance is consistent with the use of the vibration dose value (∫t=0 t=T a4(t) dt) 1 4 proposed for vibration assessment.

0022-460X
413-420
Howarth, H.V.C.
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Griffin, M.J.
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Howarth, H.V.C.
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Griffin, M.J.
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Howarth, H.V.C. and Griffin, M.J. (1988) Human response to simulated intermittent railway-induced building vibration. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 120 (2), 413-420. (doi:10.1016/0022-460X(88)90453-1).

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Abstract

This paper reports two whole-body vibration experiments. The first experiment was conducted to determine the manner in which annoyance caused by railway-induced building vibration depends on how frequently trains pass. It also investigated how annoyance depends on the magnitude of the vibration. The second experiment was conducted to confirm that the relation between the number of passing trains and the magnitude of vibration could be used to predict conditions which will cause similar annoyance. Forty-eight seated subjects experienced simulations of vertical vibration recorded in a house during the passage of a nearby train and assessed the stimuli on a seven-point scale. Annoyance increased with an increase in the number of passing trains and with increasing magnitude of vibration. The findings of the first study were employed to determine a trade-off between the number of passing trains. N, and the magnitude of the vibration, V. The relation was determined as approximately N ∝ V-4 for equal annoyance. This was confirmed by the results of the second experiment in which r.m.s. evaluation of the vibration (i.e., N ∝ V-2) was found to be less satisfactory. The relation (V4N = constant) for equal annoyance is consistent with the use of the vibration dose value (∫t=0 t=T a4(t) dt) 1 4 proposed for vibration assessment.

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Published date: 22 January 1988
Organisations: University of Southampton, Human Factors Research Unit

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Local EPrints ID: 410878
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410878
ISSN: 0022-460X
PURE UUID: d895a434-b2ac-43f5-a07c-415b59ef56a7
ORCID for M.J. Griffin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0743-9502

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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2017 09:47
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:56

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