Vibration is one of the most significant challenges building designers face when locating sensitive facilities and equipment near rail lines. This issue has become even more important with recent advances in nanotechnology research, particularly at universities in busy urban settings.
In this article from Sound & Vibration magazine, we discuss some of the considerations related to vibration-sensitive facilities near rail lines. Two case studies will be presented that cover vibration prediction and how the vibrations are affected by the presence of the building. A third case study is used to show how high-performance supplemental vibration isolation systems can be used to mitigate vibration exposure to an NMR facility.