Construction Vibrations

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Dowding expands his earlier Blast Vibration Monitoring and Control to transfer advances in earthquake engineering, nuclear blast protective design, and construction and mine blasting to the entire field of construction-induced vibrations, from piling to explosive demolition to blast densification of sands. He traces the transfer through simplified physical concepts and models, together with a synthesis of experiments conducted to establish criteria for safe, frequency-based vibration controls. Includes some 120 example questions, with answers and explanations, and a guide to the use of analytical software provided free over the Internet. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964431317
  • Publisher: Intl Society of Explosives
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Focus, Organization, and Themes 1
2 Ground Strains from Plane-Wave Approximations 7
3 Typical Vibration Histories and Elementary Analysis 19
4 Prediction of Peak Particle Velocity 41
5 Response Spectra and Structural Response 61
6 Structural Natural Frequencies and Damping: Estimation and Measurement 81
7 Resonance, Higher Mode, and Traveling-Wave Response 93
8 Cosmetic Cracking and Its Documentation 104
9 Response Spectra of Motions Causing Cracking 122
10 Frequency-Based Control of Construction Vibrations 137
11 Prediction of Principal Frequency and Response Spectra for Construction Blasting 156
12 Probability of Cracking and Fatigue from Repetitive Loading 167
13 Comparison of Environmental and Vibration-Induced Crack Movement 182
14 Air-Blasts and Construction Noise 203
15 Pile Driving 225
16 Impacting, Vibrating, Rotating, and Rolling Construction Equipment 247
17 Explosive Demolition 265
18 Vibration Stability of Rock Slopes 285
19 Blast Densification of Sands 299
20 Permanent Displacement and Pile-Driving Vibrations 315
21 Fracture and Permanent Deformation of Rock and Concrete 327
22 Response of Pipelines and Buried Structures 342
23 Human Response 366
24 Microvibrations, Equipment, Sensitivity, and Occupant-Induced Vibrations 379
25 Instrumentation and Microcomputers 399
26 Specifications for the Control of Construction Vibrations 425
27 The Explosion Process and Explosive Products 454
28 Millisecond-Delay Initiation Systems 462
29 Blast Design 470
30 Timing, Geometry, and Loading Effects on Particle Velocity 490
31 Analytical Software 503
App. A: Answers and Explanations of Selected Problems 523
App. B: Supplemental Specifications for Controlled Blasting, Close-In Blasting, Densification of Sand, and Demolition 562
App. C: References 580
App. D: List of Symbols 596
Index 600
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