Dynamic performance characteristics of an innovative Hybrid Composite Floor Plate System under human-induced loads

Abeysinghe, Chanaka M., Thambiratnam, David P., & Perera, Nimal J. (2013) Dynamic performance characteristics of an innovative Hybrid Composite Floor Plate System under human-induced loads. Composite Structures, 96, pp. 590-600.

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This study explored the dynamic performance of an innovative Hybrid Composite Floor Plate System (HCFPS), composed of Polyurethane (PU) core, outer layers of Glass–fibre Reinforced Cement (GRC) and steel laminates at tensile regions, using experimental testing and Finite Element (FE) modelling.

Experimental testing included heel impact and walking tests for 3200 mm span HCFPS panels. FE models of the HCFPS were developed using the FE program ABAQUS and validated with experimental results. HCFPS is a light-weight high frequency floor system with excellent damping ratio of 5% (bare floor) due to the central PU core.

Parametric studies were conducted using the validated FE models to investigate the dynamic response of the HCFPS and to identify characteristics that influence acceleration response under human induced vibration in service. This vibration performance was compared with recommended acceptable perceptibility limits. The findings of this study show that HCFPS can be used in residential and office buildings as a light-weight floor system, which does not exceed the perceptible thresholds due to human induced vibrations.

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ID Code: 58409
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Hybrid Composite Floor Plate System, Experimental Testing, Finite Element Modelling, Human-induced Loads, Vibration, Dynamic Performance
DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.09.015
ISSN: 0263-8223
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Composite Structures. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Composite Structures, [VOL 96, ISSUE-, (2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.09.015
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2013 23:41
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 06:04

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