Nonlinear Site Response and Liquefaction Analysis in the New Madrid Seismic Zone
Many existing highway bridges in the New Madrid Seismic Zone are located in the Mississippi Embayment, consisting of deep soil deposits and liquefaction susceptible near surface soils. It is important to understand the comprehensive impact of deep soil deposits and liquefaction on the response of the bridge foundations under seismic loading. A nonlinear soil model is then presented to study the impacts of the deep soil deposit and liquefaction on response analysis. The soil model has the advantage of using input parameters that can be obtained from conventional field and laboratory testing methods, which makes it attractive to engineering practice. The model calibrations used field recorded motions and laboratory test data, which indicate that the model provides an acceptable outcome based on simple input parameters. The model is implemented into the site response analysis for a typical Missouri highway bridge site in this seismic zone. The effect of the deep soil deposit and liquefaction on the site response analyses is discussed.
W. Zheng and R. Luna, "Nonlinear Site Response and Liquefaction Analysis in the New Madrid Seismic Zone," Geotechnical and Geological Engineering., Springer Verlag, Jul 2011.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10706-011-9396-y
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
United States. Federal Highway Administration
Keywords and Phrases
Liquefaction; Non-Linear Site Response; Earthquakes
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