Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

6-1-1993

Abstract

The paper outlines the recorded response to numerous earthquakes of the pile foundation, the supporting soil, and the superstructure of the main pier of a road bridge. The records include free-field accelerograms at the ground surface and the base of the alluvial deposit, accelerograms on the footing and the superstructure, and the bending and axial strain histories at several depths along two of the sixty-four piles. Recently developed methods of seismic analysis are used in interpreting the recorded data. Extensive comparisons are made between theory and measurements. Successes and failures of the theory are discussed. Emphasis is given to the distribution of seismic bending strains along the pile; the theoretically-anticipated concentration of such strains at an interface between two layers with sharply-differing soil stiffnesses is fully confirmed.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1993

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1993 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Seismic Response of the Pile Foundation of Ohba-Ohashi Bridge

St. Louis, Missouri

The paper outlines the recorded response to numerous earthquakes of the pile foundation, the supporting soil, and the superstructure of the main pier of a road bridge. The records include free-field accelerograms at the ground surface and the base of the alluvial deposit, accelerograms on the footing and the superstructure, and the bending and axial strain histories at several depths along two of the sixty-four piles. Recently developed methods of seismic analysis are used in interpreting the recorded data. Extensive comparisons are made between theory and measurements. Successes and failures of the theory are discussed. Emphasis is given to the distribution of seismic bending strains along the pile; the theoretically-anticipated concentration of such strains at an interface between two layers with sharply-differing soil stiffnesses is fully confirmed.