Measuring the force due to standard tapping machine and floor impedance for ASTM standards



The standard tapping machine used for the ASTM and ISO tests does not require the test engineer to measure the input force in the system, instead, just relies on measuring the sound pressure level (SPL) output. However, the input force depends on the assembly itself being tested. The input force levels are lower for lightweight assemblies like hardwood floors as compared to heavyweight assemblies like concrete. Without knowledge of this input force, the output SPL levels cannot and should not be compared using the IIC (Impact Insulation Class) rating. In this work, we measured the input force levels for the same tapping machine on different floors. We also measured the floor impedance for different assemblies and their comparison is also shown. This work shows the importance of measuring input forces for the standard floor-ceiling assembly impact tests