Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 74, Issue 4, pp 2919–2923 | Cite as

Human comfort evaluation criteria for blast planning

  • Shihai Chen
  • Zihua Zhang
  • Jian Wu
Original Article


To date, blasting vibration safety control standards have focused on minimizing structural damage to the surrounding buildings, and the effects of blasting vibration on people living and working around the blasting site have been overlooked. Blasting vibrations can cause great discomfort and result in lawsuits for compensation. In this paper, the level of discomfort for humans under different blasting vibration levels is classified and investigated. These human responses are quantified by traditional mechanical vibration comfort indicators, such as the vibration dose value and the integrated weighted acceleration. A wavelet transform method is used to analyze the vibration velocity signals and obtain the blasting vibration energy. The evaluation criteria for assessing blasting vibration comfort are presented in a case study. The results have important significance in ensuring blasting safety and maintaining social stability.


Blasting vibration Vibration comfort Evaluation criterion Energy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Huaqiao UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.Shandong University of Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina

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