Ground Vibration Caused by Industry

  • Milutin SrbulovEmail author
Part of the Geotechnical, Geological, and Earthquake Engineering book series (GGEE, volume 20)


Ground vibration caused by industry can result in cracking of structures, disruption of processes and annoyance to people. Vibration consideration involves its source, propagation path and its recipient. A staring point of vibration consideration should be definition of acceptable vibration effect on a recipient. For example, both ANSI S3.29 (1983) and BS 6472 (1992) recommend the same basic root mean square (r.m.s.) accelerations in the vertical direction for critical working areas such as hospital operating theatres and precision laboratories shown in Fig. 12.1. The r.m.s. acceleration is the square root of the average of sum of squares of componential accelerations. Both codes recommend the multiplication factor of 4 of the basic r.m.s. acceleration for offices, and 8 for workshops for continuous (and intermittent vibrations and repeated impulsive shock according to ANSI S3.29, 1983) and 128 for both offices and workshops for impulsive vibration excitation (with duration less than 2 s) with up to 3 occurrences a day. These two codes differ only concerning the multiplication factors of the basic r.m.s. accelerations for residential buildings as shown in Table 12.1. In addition, BS 6472 (1992) recommends the use of the same multiplication factors for the peak velocity.


Peak Ground Velocity Ground Vibration Peak Particle Velocity Vibration Source Pile Diameter 
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  1. 1.UK

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