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Groundborne vibrations caused by railway construction and operation in buildings: design, implementation and analysis of measurement for assessment of human exposure

Sica, G 2014, Groundborne vibrations caused by railway construction and operation in buildings: design, implementation and analysis of measurement for assessment of human exposure , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Environmental issues surrounding railway operation and construction have become more prominent in recent years, increasing the need for administrators and researchers to understand how residents living around railways respond to the noise and vibration generated by them. Within this context, the University of Salford, within the project funded by Defra “Human response to vibration in residential environments” (NANR209), has derived exposure response relationships for railway traffic and construction for a population sample of 1281 people: 931 for railway traffic and 350 for railway construction. Vibration measurements within residences have been used for assessing human exposure to vibration alongside a social study questionnaire based on face-to-face interviews for quantifying the human response. The first part of this work is concerned with the exposure side of NANR209. The design and implementation of measurement methodologies are presented and discussed, which provide exposure data suitable for building an exposure response relationship for vibration caused by the sources mentioned above. In light of the large amount of vibration data gathered during the project, the analysis of vibration signals is considered in the second part of the dissertation. Two aspects connected with the assessment of the human exposure to vibration are investigated: wave field assessment and ground to building transmissibility analysis.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Moorhouse, AT (Supervisor)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Funders: Defra
Depositing User: G Sica
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 17:27
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:23
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/32832

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