Vibration level reduction by floor coverings installed on wooden slabs

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Effect of floor coverings on impact sound insulation can be described with a vibration level reduction (ΔLa). In this study, tests with two floor coverings, eight wooden slabs and with a concrete mock-up slab were conducted by applying the method presented by Sommerfeld and the standard ISO 16251-1. The aim was to study the differences affecting the measured ΔLa and the behaviour of the floor coverings installed on different slabs. The results suggest that the ΔLa on concrete slabs do not correspond with the ΔLa on wooden slabs. Thus, the floor coverings should be measured on wooden slabs when they are to be used within the timber construction industry. The results also show that the coverings should be measured on the wooden slabs where the products are expected to be used. In addition, a standardized test method for the wooden slabs corresponding the method of ISO 16251-1 should be developed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalBuilding Acoustics
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • floor coverings
  • Impact sound insulation
  • tapping machine
  • vibration level reduction
  • wooden floors

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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