After the measurements at the spire, other tests were performed at the top concrete floor of the building. This was important to ascertain if the dominant vibrating frequency of the spire corresponds in fact to a local vibration mode, or if it could arise from a vibration mode of the concrete building. One of the measurement points is located at one corner of the building, in order to capture natural frequencies associated with bending and torsion vibration modes. Accelerometer 1 was installed along the direction of the shortest diagonal of the building and the accelerometer 2 was oriented along the longest diagonal. The other selected point is located approximated at the centre of the building.
3 Time signals and Spectra
Figure here-below shows the plot of the Average Normalized Power Spectrum Densities (ANPSD) of the time signals of a set-up. The spectra are useful to identify system natural frequencies associated with the peaks. They were calculated from averaged spectra of segments with 4096 points overlapped by 50% after the application of a Hanning window. Given the adopted frequency acquisition of 100Hz, the achieved resolution for the spectra is 0.0244Hz in the range of 0 to 50Hz. The graphs only represent frequencies up to 12Hz due to the predominance of low natural frequencies in the structure.
Figure – ANPSD calculated with signals
4 Analysis of the processed data
Spectra calculated from data recorded showed the first natural frequency. The peak can be clearly detected in both directions meaning that the spire has practically the same natural frequency in the main orthogonal directions.
The spectra collected at the top level of the concrete building allowed to confirm that the frequency measured at the top of the spire was due to a local vibration mode and not from the dynamics of the building.
With regard to the dynamics of the building, it was possible to identify some first natural frequencies of the concrete structure.
The fundamental vibrating frequency of the spire was identified in both directions of that structure. The identification of the natural frequencies of the concrete structure allowed to conclude that the fundamental frequency of the spire is in fact associated with a local vibration mode, i.e., is not a global vibration mode of the building.