Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Favor, Craig M. URN etd-91432539751141 Title Evaluation of A "Floating" Aerobics Floor Degree Master of Science Department Civil Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Allen, David E. Barker, Richard M. Plaut, Raymond H. Murray, Thomas M. Committee Chair Keywords
Date of Defense 1997-04-11 Availability unrestricted AbstractAerobics dance floors often produce
annoying floor vibrations in adjacent parts of
a building due to the rhythmic impact of the
aerobicists. Various types of shock absorbing
aerobics and dance floors are widely used to
prevent injuries to the participants, but the
floors may not prevent vibrations in adjacent
areas of the building. The purpose of this
investigation is to evaluate a temporary
"floating" concrete aerobics floor designed to
prevent the force and vibrations induced by
rhythmic exercises from being transmitted to
the existing building floor system.
The test floor is a concrete slab mounted on
pressurized air springs. A series of tests was
conducted to determine the vibration
characteristics of the floor and the forces
transferred to the supporting floor system.
Experienced aerobicists compared the
response of the "floating" floor to existing aerobics floors.
Based on the experimental results, vibration
characteristics and a prediction of the force
transmitted to the supporting floor by the
"floating" floor system were determined.
Recommendations are made in terms of the
feasibility of the "floating" floor concept,
additional testing to be performed, and
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