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9 Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #1 Walkway or Stairs
0° covers your level access walkway, while anything up to a 7° incline (i.e. a rise of 1 in 8) is a ramp with relatively easy access for those using it to manage, whether they be walking or have limited mobility. If you design a slope between 7° and 20° (i.e. 1 in 2.7 or...
Understanding Vibration – #6 Choosing an Isolator
Nowadays there is a wide range of vibration isolators to choose from, including pads of cork or rubber, spring mounts, air mounts, isolation hangers and even seismic mounts. From the smallest pipes, even up to the ‘base isolators’ supporting the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa in shaky Wellington, they’re all designed with...
Understanding Vibration – #5 Successful Vibration Control
Generally, the closer proximity to people, and the height above ground, will each increase the required efficiency of an isolation system. You can consult documents like the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 20816-1:2016, which provides general conditions and procedures for measuring and evaluating vibration of complete machines and find suitable efficiency from there. Your clients...
Understanding Vibration – #4 Vibration Isolation
The demands created by vibration on a roof are going to be different to those in a basement, or in a hospital wing. A fan will have different demands to a motor. Choose a support system that’s too rigid, and you risk rapid fatigue and cracking; too soft, and you’ll end up with the vibration...
Understanding Vibration – #3 What’s the Issue with Vibration?
It shortens mechanical lifespans and increases the chance of early and potentially unpredictable failure. It can be a huge nuisance, especially if it’s in the range of human hearing. Even deep bass vibrations can affect users’ wellbeing in ways they may not be quick to identify, since they can feel it but not hear it....
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