Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

4-2-1995

Session End Date

4-7-1995

Abstract

A preliminary numerical investigation is presented on the long distance effects of soil-structure interaction for important buildings located on soft soils. A simple 20 model is considered, with homogeneous rectangular buildings resting on a single, horizontal, soft layer overlying a much stiffer half-space, impinged by SH waves. Computations are made for different parameter sets, in order to analyze the respective effects of the main parameters: clay layer thickness and frequency, building size, and spacing between buildings. For realistic building properties, wave diffraction related with soil- structure interaction is shown to alter the "free-field" surface motion up to distances of at least 1 km from the next building: duration as well as amplitude are significantly increased at some frequencies, while they may be reduced at other frequencies.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

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

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

4-2-1995

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1995 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Effect of Built Environment on "Free-Field" Motion for Very Soft, Urbanized Sites

St. Louis, Missouri

A preliminary numerical investigation is presented on the long distance effects of soil-structure interaction for important buildings located on soft soils. A simple 20 model is considered, with homogeneous rectangular buildings resting on a single, horizontal, soft layer overlying a much stiffer half-space, impinged by SH waves. Computations are made for different parameter sets, in order to analyze the respective effects of the main parameters: clay layer thickness and frequency, building size, and spacing between buildings. For realistic building properties, wave diffraction related with soil- structure interaction is shown to alter the "free-field" surface motion up to distances of at least 1 km from the next building: duration as well as amplitude are significantly increased at some frequencies, while they may be reduced at other frequencies.