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Design concepts

Figures 1 to 4 illustrate how various structural elements can be isolated to combat the propagation of vibrations through a building. Each concept presents its own specific constructional challenges, which must be addressed in the course of design work.


A low natural frequency of the supported structural element is critical for successful isolation. With the well-proven products of the VIB¬RAX® line, mageba can offer low-frequency building support solutions with designer-friendly dimensioning. Please refer to the product overview for further information about the individual products.

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To achieve effective vibration isolation or damping, the following factors should also be considered:

  • Shear transmission as a result of the low horizontal stiffness of the bearing products

  • Avoidance of constraint forces due to temperature variations and shrinkage

  • Connections to stiffening building parts such as stairwells and lift shafts

  • The effect of enclosed areas

  • Possible water leakage into the damping material

  • Compatibility of mixed systems

mageba has in-depth experience in such matters, and is pleased to put this at your disposal.

Gaumont, Amiens

Gaumont, Amiens, France, 2005
Vibration isolation support for a multiplex cinema, located immediately next to a 4-track railway line


1) Building support at foundation level


2) Wall/column support


3) Double slab construction


4) Slab support