DYNAMICAL RESPONSE OF COMPOSITE STEEL DECK FLOORS

Authors

  • J. G. S. DA SILVA
  • P. C. G. DA S. VELLASCO
  • S. A. L. DE ANDRADE
  • L. R. O. DE LIMA

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Abstract

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ARE NOWADAYS FACING A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE RELATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIGHTER AND ECONOMICAL COMPOSITE STEEL-CONCRETE FLOOR STRUCTURES. A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF THIS NEW DESIGN TREND IS A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN THE PROBLEMS RELATED TO UNWANTED FLOOR VIBRATIONS. THIS PHENOMENON IS BECOMING VERY FREQUENT IN A WIDE RANGE OF STRUCTURES SUBJECTED TO RHYTHMIC DYNAMICAL ACTIONS. THE PROPER CONSIDERATION OF ALL THE ABOVE-MENTIONED ASPECTS POINTED OUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPERLY CALIBRATED FINITE ELEMENT MODEL THAT COULD ACCURATELY REPRESENT ITS STRUCTURAL RESPONSE. THE MODEL WAS USED TO INVESTIGATE A REAL COMPOSITE FLOOR DYNAMIC BEHAVIOUR BASED ON THE DETERMINATION OF ITS NATURAL FREQUENCIES AND VIBRATION MODES LATER TO BE COMPARED TO AVAILABLE EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE. THE INVESTIGATED COMPOSITE FLOOR HAS 18M X 31M AND IS USED FOR DANCING ACTIVITIES. PRELIMINARY RESULTS INDICATED THAT, FOR EVERY STUDIED COMPUTATIONAL MODEL, THE VALUES OF THE STRUCTURE NATURAL FREQUENCIES COULD BE SIGNI¯CANTLY AFFECTED. HOWEVER, THE VIBRATION MODES REMAINED VERY SIMILAR DESPITE OF THE ADOPTED COMPUTATIONAL MODEL.

Published

2006-06-01

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