Research Into the Human Response to Vibration from Railways in Residential Environments

David C. Waddington, James Woodcock, Jenna Condie, Gennaro Sica, Eulalia Peris, Sharron Henning, Nathan Whittle, Andrew T. Moorhouse, Andy Steele, Phil A. Brown, Mags D. Adams

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Abstract

This paper describes progress in research being carried out at the University of Salford to develop a method by which resident's annoyance to the vibration they experience in their residential environments can be assessed. The objective of this study is to yield a robust relationship between vibration exposure and human response (i.e. annoyance levels), therefore providing a reliable basis for the development of standards and guidance for the assessment of vibration in residential buildings. The vibration sources to be considered are those affecting residents that are outside their control, such as construction, road and rail activities. In addition, noise is also a consideration as it frequently accompanies vibration exposure. The protocol involves the measurement of vibration outside and inside individual residences and a social study questionnaire based on face-to-face interviews with householders. Work so far has concentrated on the response of people in their own homes to railway noise and vibration. Approximately 1000 case studies have been obtained and examples of early field measurements and results are presented. This work is likely to be of interest to acoustical consultants and environmental health officers involved in the assessment of vibration complaints, and to planners and practitioners involved in the design of buildings. [Work funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) UK].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010 (Noise-Con 10)
Subtitle of host publicationHeld Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
EditorsC.B. Burroughs, George Maling
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherInstitute of Noise Control Engineering - USA ( INCE-USA )
Pages1939-1947
Number of pages9
Volume3
ISBN (Print)9781617382949
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 2010, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 19 Apr 201021 Apr 2010
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Name24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 10, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume1-3

Conference

Conference24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 2010, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period19/04/1021/04/10
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Waddington, D. C., Woodcock, J., Condie, J., Sica, G., Peris, E., Henning, S., ... Adams, M. D. (2010). Research Into the Human Response to Vibration from Railways in Residential Environments. In C. B. Burroughs, & G. Maling (Eds.), 24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010 (Noise-Con 10) : Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (Vol. 3, pp. 1939-1947). [nc10_237] (24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 10, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America; Vol. 1-3). USA: Institute of Noise Control Engineering - USA ( INCE-USA ).