FIELD MEASUREMENTS OF THE VIBRATION PROPERTIES OF ELEVATED RAPID TRANSIT STRUCTURES
Vibrations induced into rail rapid transit structures may be radiated from the structure as airborne noise that disturbs the rider and the wayside community or as ground-borne vibrations which propagate into the foundations of wayside structures setting walls, floors, and common household items into annoying vibration. This report describes the results of field measurements on existing steel elevated structures presented to aid transit operators and engineers concerned with design, performance, repair, and evaluation of steel elevated rapid transit structures. These measurements showed that the peak acceleration levels are generated in decreasing order of magnitude on the rail, on the top and bottom girder flanges, on the girder web, on cross-bracing, on the column, and at the footing base. In addition, peak acceleration levels of 70 g are little attenuated as they are transmitted from the rail through the structure, and peak acceleration levels significantly increase for increasing train speeds.
University of Illinois, ChicagoDepartment of Materials Engineering
Chicago, IL United States 60680
Department of TransportationOffice of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Venema, T
- SILVER, M L
- Publication Date: 1974-12
- Pagination: 83 p.
- TRT Terms: Elevated structures; Field tests; Noise sources; Power spectra; Railroad bridges; Railroad facilities; Rapid transit; Resonance frequency; Structural analysis; Structural members; Tests; Vibration
- Old TRIS Terms: Rapid transit railways; Vibration levels; Wayside
- Subject Areas: Construction; Public Transportation; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00151219
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/TST-75/43 Intrm Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-30092
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Apr 13 1981 12:00AM