Construction Vibrations, 1/e
Charles H. Dowding, Northwestern University
Published February, 1996 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 1996, 610 pp.
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This comprehensive text covers the entire field of construction-induced
vibrations, including the latest advances in earthquake engineering
and nuclear blast protective design as well as construction and mine
blasting. Frequency of vibration and strain form the foundation for
the presentation of the material. The book also defines the major
regulatory issues faced by those responsible for producing construction
free analytical software is available for students
and professors to calculate structural blast response and check answers.
practical approach allows the text to be understood
without an extensive background in calculus.
detailed contractual specifications illustrate how
science is incorporated into the contract.
detailed explanitory solutions to 120 practical problems
similar to those encountered in consulting assignments.
1. Introduction: Focus, Organization, and Themes.
2. Ground Strains from Plane Wave Approximations.
3. Typical Vibration Histories and Elementary Analysis.
4. Prediction of Peak Particle Velocity.
5. Response Spectra and Structural Response.
6. Structural Natural Frequencies and Damping: Estimation and
7. Resonance, Higher Mode, and Traveling-Wave Response.
8. Cosmetic Cracking and Its Documentation.
9. Response Spectra of Motions Causing Cracking.
10. Frequency-Based Control of Construction Vibrations.
11. Prediction of Principal Frequency and Response Spectra
for Construction Blasting.
12. Probability of Cracking and Fatigue from Repetitive
13. Comparison of Environmental and Vibration-Induced Crack
14. Air-Blasts and Construction Noise.
15. Pile Driving.
16. Impacting, Vibrating, Rotating, and Rolling Construction
17. Explosive Demolition.
18. Vibration Stability of Rock Slopes.
19. Blast Densification of Sands.
20. Permanent Displacement and Pile-Driving Vibrations.
21. Fracture and Permanent Deformation of Rock and Concrete.
22. Response of Pipelines and Buried Structures.
23. Human Response.
24. Microvibrations, Equipment, Sensitivity, and
25. Instrumentation and Microcomputers.
26. Specifications for the Control Construction Vibrations.
27. The Explosion Process and Explosive Products.
28. Millisecond-Delay Initiation Systems.
29. Blast Design.
30. Timing, Geometry, and Loading Effects on Particle Velocity.
31. Analytical Software.