Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

3-26-2001

Session End Date

3-31-2001

Abstract

Dynamic response of a segmental (modular block) retaining wall system to recorded ground motions is investigated. The magnitude and characteristics of wall response are compared to those obtained under harmonic input base acceleration. The calculated maximum lateral displacement and reinforcement load of the segmental retaining wall mode1 subjected to a single frequency, harmonic input acceleration were considerably larger than the corresponding values obtained using a number of earthquake accelerograms with comparable predominant frequencies. It is concluded that the random characteristic of actual ground acceleration may partly explain the relatively good performance of reinforced-soil retaining wall systems that were designed without seismic considerations or at best using simple pseudo-static limit equilibrium methods. Nevertheless, it was found that low-frequency ground motions with high intensity values can result in significant structural response magnitude of short-period retaining wall systems.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

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

Meeting Name

Fourth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-26-2001

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2001 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Investigation of Seismic Response of Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls

San Diego, California

Dynamic response of a segmental (modular block) retaining wall system to recorded ground motions is investigated. The magnitude and characteristics of wall response are compared to those obtained under harmonic input base acceleration. The calculated maximum lateral displacement and reinforcement load of the segmental retaining wall mode1 subjected to a single frequency, harmonic input acceleration were considerably larger than the corresponding values obtained using a number of earthquake accelerograms with comparable predominant frequencies. It is concluded that the random characteristic of actual ground acceleration may partly explain the relatively good performance of reinforced-soil retaining wall systems that were designed without seismic considerations or at best using simple pseudo-static limit equilibrium methods. Nevertheless, it was found that low-frequency ground motions with high intensity values can result in significant structural response magnitude of short-period retaining wall systems.