Active control of floor vibrations
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In search of alternative repair measures, analytical and experimental research implementing active control techniques was conducted to improve the vibration characteristics of problem floors. Specifically, a control scheme was developed utilizing the measured movement of the floor to compute the input signal to an electromagnetic actuator which, by the movement of the actuator reaction mass, supplies a force that reduces the transient and resonant vibration levels. Included in the analytical component of this research is the development of a mathematical model for a full scale experimental test floor. This model is studied, using a matrix computation software, to evaluate the effectiveness of the control scheme. The experimental component of the research serves two purposes. The first is the verification of the system behavior assumed in the analytical component of the research. The second is the verification of control system effectiveness for various excitations, control gains, and actuator locations on the experimental test floor and six additional floors.
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