Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

3-11-1991

Session End Date

3-15-1991

Abstract

It is stressed in this paper that in a strong earthquake the damages of all the underground structures, chambers or any sort of underground space differed quite a lot from that on the ground surface. Numerous evidences show ground motion attenuates immensely downward with depth. However, the earthquake resistance design for underground structures still ignores this fact and sticks to the criteria of ground structures. As a result, very conservative and exhausting design for underground engineering were caused. Through a series of investigations and based on the comparison between the ground damages and the underground damages of the same site, the authors tried to establish an empirical relationship among the predicted intensity/acceleration for aseismic design, the lithology of ambient strata, depth of embedment and the geometry {width/height ratio) of the underground space/structure. As a conclusion, this paper gives a clear picture of how different the underground damages would be from the ground surface and to what range the ground movement would change due to the existence of underground space directly underneath. This approach might be useful for modifying the criteria of a design earthquake for either ground or underground construction.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-11-1991

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1991 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Seismic Effect Evaluation for Underground Space & Structures

St. Louis, Missouri

It is stressed in this paper that in a strong earthquake the damages of all the underground structures, chambers or any sort of underground space differed quite a lot from that on the ground surface. Numerous evidences show ground motion attenuates immensely downward with depth. However, the earthquake resistance design for underground structures still ignores this fact and sticks to the criteria of ground structures. As a result, very conservative and exhausting design for underground engineering were caused. Through a series of investigations and based on the comparison between the ground damages and the underground damages of the same site, the authors tried to establish an empirical relationship among the predicted intensity/acceleration for aseismic design, the lithology of ambient strata, depth of embedment and the geometry {width/height ratio) of the underground space/structure. As a conclusion, this paper gives a clear picture of how different the underground damages would be from the ground surface and to what range the ground movement would change due to the existence of underground space directly underneath. This approach might be useful for modifying the criteria of a design earthquake for either ground or underground construction.