Assessment of in-place wood floor systems

M. O. Hunt, R. J. Ross, X. Wang, L. A. Soltis, R. R. Leavitt, Z. Cai

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Structural assessment of in-place wood floors is currently limited to inspection of individual members. This is costly and laborious. Consequently, the continued use or adaptive reuse of old/historic buildings is often in jeopardy because of the lack of an efficient and economical assessment method. A systems approach of assessment is the subject of this research. Floors in four old buildings and several laboratory-built floors were tested. The floor's bending stiffness was determined by static bending tests and its fundamental natural frequency was determined by transverse forced vibration. A model for one way beam action with simple support is the best predictor of floor responses. A technique for using this research to predict stiffness of existing floors is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Architectural Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 26 2007


  • Assessment
  • Floors
  • Natural frequency
  • Nondestructive tests
  • Stiffness
  • Vibration
  • Wood


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