The reinforcement of a timber floor with a concrete layer properly connected to produce a composite system represents not only an improvement in the stiffness but also a foreseeable change in the modal frequencies of the floor. In order to assess that change, a typical timber floor, which was subsequently reinforced with a concrete layer to produce a composite, was tested at both stages in the research reported in this paper. Additionally, composite beams taken from the original floor were also tested. The results showed a significant decrease (44%) in the fundamental frequency after the reinforcement. In order to obtain the mode shapes and frequencies of the floor, finite-element (FE) models of the floors and beams were created. The FE models accurately matched the experimental results. Having validated the model, a parametric study was carried out to compare the results provided by the proposed FE model with a numerical model from the bibliography and to understand the influence of the most relevant structural parameters on the fundamental frequency of the composite floor.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Structural Engineering|
|Early online date||19 Feb 2015|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2015|
- Wood structures