Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

3-26-2001

Session End Date

3-31-2001

Abstract

Psuedo-static stability analysis based on “Coulomb’s one-wedge” and “two-wedge” methods was performed for two geosynthetic-reinforced modular block walls which were either collapsed or lightly damaged during the 1999 Taiwan Chi-Chi earthquake It was shown that two-wedge failure mechanism is a dominant one for the walls investigated. Difference in the seismic behavior of these walls was partially explained based on the psuedo-static analysis. It was also shown that seismic stability of the reinforced wall depends largely on the connection strength between the facing and the geogrid.

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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Stability Analysis of the Geosynthetic-Reinforced Modular Block Walls Damaged During the Chi-Chi Earthquake

San Diego, California

Psuedo-static stability analysis based on “Coulomb’s one-wedge” and “two-wedge” methods was performed for two geosynthetic-reinforced modular block walls which were either collapsed or lightly damaged during the 1999 Taiwan Chi-Chi earthquake It was shown that two-wedge failure mechanism is a dominant one for the walls investigated. Difference in the seismic behavior of these walls was partially explained based on the psuedo-static analysis. It was also shown that seismic stability of the reinforced wall depends largely on the connection strength between the facing and the geogrid.