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Structural dynamic properties from ambient vibrations Topf, Ulf Andreas


Ambient vibrations of a reinforced concrete tower structure were recordedand analyzed to obtain the natural frequencies, the associated mode shapes and an estimate of the equivalent viscous damping. The structure investigated consists of four concrete wall panels,rigidly connected at various levels and contains a light precast concrete stairwell. It is similar to typical components of larger structures,such as stairwells and elevator shafts or cores. The given information should be useful in offering details of the dynamic behaviour of this type of structural elements. The experimental results are compared with the theoretical results obtained from two- and three-dimensional dynamic analyses using matrix methods applied to linear elastic systems with lumped masses. An efficient computer program to find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors for this type of mathematical model is described.

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