Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

This study utilizes the discrete element method (DEM) to present a microscopic energy monitoring approach to characterize energy dissipation mechanisms in seismically loaded soils. Numerical simulations were conducted on saturated deposits of granular particles subjected to seismic excitations, modeled using a transient fully-coupled continuum-fluid discrete-particle model. The onset of liquefaction is illustrated through macroscopic and microscopic response patterns. An in-depth look at the individual microscale energy components both before and after the onset of liquefaction is presented. Prior to liquefaction, energy is dissipated mainly through inter-particle sliding (friction energy), but after liquefaction particle-to-particle impact damping also plays a major role in dissipating energy.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

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

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Microscale Characterization of Energy Dissipation Mechanisms During Liquefaction

San Diego, California

This study utilizes the discrete element method (DEM) to present a microscopic energy monitoring approach to characterize energy dissipation mechanisms in seismically loaded soils. Numerical simulations were conducted on saturated deposits of granular particles subjected to seismic excitations, modeled using a transient fully-coupled continuum-fluid discrete-particle model. The onset of liquefaction is illustrated through macroscopic and microscopic response patterns. An in-depth look at the individual microscale energy components both before and after the onset of liquefaction is presented. Prior to liquefaction, energy is dissipated mainly through inter-particle sliding (friction energy), but after liquefaction particle-to-particle impact damping also plays a major role in dissipating energy.