Serviceability performance studied covers three different performance attributes of a building. These attributes are 1) vibration of the whole building structure, 2) vibration of the floor system, typically in regards to motions in a localized area within the entire floor plate, and 3) sound insulation performance of the wall and floor assemblies. Serviceability performance of a building is important as it affects the comfort of its occupants and the functionality of sensitive equipment as well. Many physical factors influence these performances. Designers use various parameters to account for them in their designs and different criteria to manage these performances. Lack of data, knowledge and experience of sound and vibration performance of tall wood buildings is one of the issues related to design and construction of tall wood buildings.
In order to bridge the gaps in the data, knowledge, and experience of sound and vibration performance of tall wood buildings, FPInnovations conducted a three-phase performance testing on the Origine 13-storey CLT building of 40.9 m tall in Quebec city. It was the tallest wood building in Eastern Canada in 2017.
This study focuses on the vibrational behaviour of 3, 5 and 7-layer cross-laminated timber (CLT) plates supported on two sides with different support conditions. Three end support setups are proposed; 1) top load over the two supported edges, 2) direct fastening to support using self-tapping screws, 3) steel angle bracket support. The measured response parameters are natural frequencies, damping, and static deflection under a point load. The rotational stiffness with load, screws and steel angle brackets will be characterized through static tests. In addition, the effect of the span is studied by varying the test span and repeating the vibration and deflection tests. The laboratory tests will be supplemented with analytical modelling. The expected outcome is the development of approaches to more accurately calculate the natural frequency and static deflection under a point load, which can account for the influence of common support conditions encountered in service.
In order to address the lack of measured natural frequencies and damping ratios for wood and hybrid wood buildings, and lack of knowledge of vibration performance of innovative CLT floors and sound insulation performance of CLT walls and floors, FPInnovations conducted a series of performance testing at the Wood Innovation Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George, BC in April 2014, during construction, and in May 2015, after building completion and during its occupation.
This report describes the building, tested floor and wall assemblies, test methods, and summarizes the test results. The preliminary performance data provides critical feedback on the design of the building for resisting wind-induced vibration and on the floor vibration controlled design. The data can be further used to validate the calculation methods and tools/models of dynamic analysis.
Installing between-joist bracing can be an economical and effective means of mitigating excessive vibration levels in wood floors associated to human discomfort. Effectiveness of between-joist bracing depends upon its own rigidity that accounts for the location of bracing, geometric arrangement and connection stiffness of installed bracing elements to joist. This paper presents a method to quantify the flexural rigidities of between-joist bracing and their influence on vibrational serviceability parameters such as static deflection under a concentrated load and fundamental natural frequency of timber floor. A designer-usable analytical model, based on ribbed-plate theory, was used to predict static deflection and fundamental natural frequency by taking account of measured bracing rigidities. Results show that predictions the static deflection and natural frequencies. The proposed method and ribbed-plate model could be integrated into current design approaches to predict vibrational performance of timber floors.