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NCBI ROFL: Floor vibration response to Irish dancing.

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflOct 22, 2012 11:00 PM

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"Using Irish step dance impulses of actual techniques, one could use various vibration sensors (B&K microphone and I/O SM11 geophone) to perform a time frequency analysis of the transient response of a supported portable wooden dance floor resulting from forced transient vibration. The steps included (1) a "tap" (the wooden tap on the toe of the shoe hitting the floor), (2) a "stamp" (a combination of the wooden toe and plastic heel hitting the floor simultaneously) and (3) a "shuffle" (a brushing of the wooden tap on the toe once forwards and once backwards against the dance floor). Experiments were performed using laminated veneer lumber (plywood) supported by four small rubber mounts near the edges. Floors were (a) 1 m square (d = 3/4 inch thick), (b) 0.5 m square (d = 1 inch), (c) 1m by 0.5m (d = 1 inch) and (d) 0.5 m diam (d = 1 inch). FFT analysis of a transient is compared with the geophone/microphone frequency response (same location) using a swept sine loudspeaker excitation. In (b) the lowest frequencies were 110 and 470 Hz for a "tap" at the center. Performance is enhanced. Green's function analysis is presented."

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