Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

Numerical studies of local seismic effects are commonly carried out by means of 1D and 2D simulations performed in order to evaluate amplification effects in terms of acceleration response spectra and amplification factors. Such approaches can be easily compared with prescriptions from technical provisions as Eurocode 8 that lead design activity whenever a poor soil characterization is available. When suitable investigation campaigns and regional hazard studies are undertaken accurate studies on local seismic effects can be developed. As a matter of fact, soil high heterogeneity and variability, input motion features and geometrical irregularities of soil layer boundaries heavily affect seismic soil response and frequently cause different damages in urban areas. For that reason, although just from deterministic standpoint, spatial variation of amplification effects has been investigated in order to understand how much numerical simulation experiences in amplification previsions can improve simplified approaches suggested by technical codes. In this study Castelnuovo Garfagnana town (Italy) has been studied by means of numerical simulation. Results have been discussed focusing on those aspects which mainly interpret the physical phenomenon that mostly affect seismic local amplification effects.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Sixth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-11-2008

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Considerations on Different Features of Local Seismic Effect Numerical Simulations: The Case Studied of Castelnuovo Garfagnana

Arlington, Virginia

Numerical studies of local seismic effects are commonly carried out by means of 1D and 2D simulations performed in order to evaluate amplification effects in terms of acceleration response spectra and amplification factors. Such approaches can be easily compared with prescriptions from technical provisions as Eurocode 8 that lead design activity whenever a poor soil characterization is available. When suitable investigation campaigns and regional hazard studies are undertaken accurate studies on local seismic effects can be developed. As a matter of fact, soil high heterogeneity and variability, input motion features and geometrical irregularities of soil layer boundaries heavily affect seismic soil response and frequently cause different damages in urban areas. For that reason, although just from deterministic standpoint, spatial variation of amplification effects has been investigated in order to understand how much numerical simulation experiences in amplification previsions can improve simplified approaches suggested by technical codes. In this study Castelnuovo Garfagnana town (Italy) has been studied by means of numerical simulation. Results have been discussed focusing on those aspects which mainly interpret the physical phenomenon that mostly affect seismic local amplification effects.