Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

Concave-up p-y behavior in liquefied sand has been observed by many researchers due to the dilatant tendency of sand that is dense of its critical state being suppressed in undrained loading. However, static analysis method often scale down the concave-down p-y curves that characterize drained loading, thereby missing the potentially important influence of concave-up behavior on pile response. For lateral spreading problems, large shear strains are typically assigned to the liquefied layer, which presupposes that the liquefied sand is soft and weak. This assumption is incompatible with the strengthening, stiffening concave-up p-y material. This paper presents a static lateral spreading analysis of a pile using concave-up p-y materials to demonstrate how this incompatibility can lead to unrealistic results.

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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Application of Concave-Up P-Y Elements in Static Analysis of Piles in Laterally Spreading Ground

San Diego, California

Concave-up p-y behavior in liquefied sand has been observed by many researchers due to the dilatant tendency of sand that is dense of its critical state being suppressed in undrained loading. However, static analysis method often scale down the concave-down p-y curves that characterize drained loading, thereby missing the potentially important influence of concave-up behavior on pile response. For lateral spreading problems, large shear strains are typically assigned to the liquefied layer, which presupposes that the liquefied sand is soft and weak. This assumption is incompatible with the strengthening, stiffening concave-up p-y material. This paper presents a static lateral spreading analysis of a pile using concave-up p-y materials to demonstrate how this incompatibility can lead to unrealistic results.