A study of the effect of inertia blocks on the stability of the vibratory system and the performance of vibration isolation

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Resilient vibration isolators and inertia blocks are commonly used by building services engineers to isolate vibratory machines in buildings. They are selected in practice according to the force transmissibility method and some crude methods or the experience of building services engineers. These methods, however, can produce inaccurate predictions, and a power transmissibility method has recently been proposed to assess the performance of vibration isolation. In this paper, normalized average vibration velocities and overall rotational velocities are proposed to study the stability of the vibratory system. The result shows that the use of an inertia block primarily does not improve the performance of vibration isolation, but does increase the stability of the vibratory system regardless of whether the machine is of even or uneven mass distribution and whether it is driven by the vibratory force or the rocking moment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1511-1524
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Acoustics
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007


  • Building services equipment
  • Inertia blocks
  • Performance
  • Stability
  • Vibration isolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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