Masters Theses


Dynamic characteristics of granular materials under horizontal shaking


"This thesis investigates the dynamic characteristics of a granular material subjected to horizontal shaking. Motion was induced in a single-particle thick layer of material contained within a Plexiglas box using a small shake table, and data was recorded onto digital video. Variables considered included the frequency and amplitude of the shaking as well as the initial static depth of the granular layer. Analysis of the moving component involved determining the characteristics that cause motion, evaluating changes in the moving layer, and establishing the amount of compaction the particles experience. It was determined that both the amplitude and frequency affect the onset of particle motion, rate of increase in moving particles, and amount of decompaction. The initial layer depth does not affect the conditions at the onset of particle motion, but the results are inconclusive as to whether or not it influences the amount of decompaction"--Abstract, page iii.


Chen, Genda

Committee Member(s)

Luna, Ronaldo
Maerz, Norbert H.
Mendoza, Cesar


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2007


x, 76 pages


© 2007 Lori A. Kindervater, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Damping (Mechanics)
Earthquake hazard analysis
Granular materials
Soils -- Vibration

Thesis Number

T 9148

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