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    Author(s): Xiping WangRobert J. Ross; Lawrence Andrew Soltis
    Date: 2002
    Source: Proceedings of the 2002 SEM Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, June 10-12, 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin [electronic resource]. Bethel, CT : Society for Experimental Mechanics, c2002: [3] pages
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    The objective of this study was to determine if transverse vibration methods could be used to effectively assess the structural integrity of wood floors as component systems. A total of 10 wood floor systems, including 3 laboratory-built floor sections and 7 in-place floors in historic buildings, were tested. A forced vibration method was applied to the floor systems to determine the natural frequency and assess the stiffness and structural integrity. The results show that deterioration in wood floor systems can be identified by measuring damped natural frequency of those floors. The forced vibration method used in this research holds promise as an inspection tool.

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    Wang, Xiping; Ross, Robert J.; Soltis, Lawrence Andrew. 2002. Nondestructive structural evaluation of wood floor systems with a vibration technique. Proceedings of the 2002 SEM Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, June 10-12, 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin [electronic resource]. Bethel, CT : Society for Experimental Mechanics, c2002: [3] pages

    Keywords

    Floors, wooden floors, non-destructive testing, vibration, frequencies of oscillating systems, joists, vibration tests, stiffness

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