Dynamic behaviour of reinforced soils - theoretical modelling and shaking table experiments

Jean Soubestre*, Claude Boutin, Matt S. Dietz, Luiza Dihoru, Stéphane Hans, Erdin Ibraim, Colin A. Taylor

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The dynamic response of soil-pile-group systems are modelled both analytically, using homogenisation theory, and physically, using a shaking table to excite a soft elastic material periodically reinforced by vertical slender inclusions. A large soil/pile stiffness contrast is shown to lead to full coupling in the transverse direction of the bending behaviour from the piles and the shear behaviour from the soil. Analytically derived performance predictions capture important characteristics of the experimentally observed response that are missed when using alternative analytical modelling approaches. The homogenisation theory approach to modelling of generalised media is valid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-263
Number of pages17
JournalGeotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

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