Experimental investigation of the low-frequency impact sound transfer function of lightweight wooden floors via heel drops

Yi Qin, Jin Jack Tan, Maarten C.J. Hornikx (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

The lightweight floor is a popular construction choice in buildings despite its poor low-frequency impact sound performance. This is exacerbated by common human activities, such as walking and jumping, that have high input force levels at low frequencies. Therefore, experimental evaluations of the low-frequency impact sound performance of a wooden lightweight floor are of interest to designers and researchers. The aim of this paper is to explore the use of heel drop for impact sound transfer measurement. An impact force plate has been built to accurately measure the heel-drop forces up to 200 Hz and the performances on two types of floors are evaluated. The heel drop has a higher energy level at low frequencies, resulting in higher coherence and signal-to-noise ratio and hence superior performance in characterizing the floors in the frequency range of below 40 Hz when compared to the impact hammer. Interestingly, in the case of a heel-drop excitation, the first natural frequencies of the floor decrease. It is in contrast to when a human is simply standing on it, which resulted in an increase of the natural frequencies upon impact hammer excitation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number23
Number of pages11
JournalActa Acustica
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Low-frequency impact sound
  • Lightweight floor
  • Heel drop
  • Transfer function
  • Floating floor

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