Model container design for soil-structure interaction studies

S Bhattacharya*, D Lombardi, L Dihoru., M Dietz, AJ Crewe, CA Taylor

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Physical modelling of scaled models is an established method for understanding failure mechanisms and verifying design hypothesis in earthquake geotechnical engineering practice. One of the requirements of physical modelling for these classes of problems is the replication of semi-infinite extent of the ground in a finite dimension model soil container. This chapter is aimed at summarizing the requirements for a model container for carrying out seismic soil-structure interactions (SSI) at 1-g (shaking table) and N-g (geotechnical centrifuge at N times earth's gravity). A literature review has identified six types of soil container which are summarised and critically reviewed herein. The specialised modelling techniques entailed by the application of these containers are also discussed. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012.

Translated title of the contributionModel Container Design for Soil-Structure Interaction Studies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRole of Seismic Testing Facilities in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
EditorsFardis , Michael N.; Rakicevic, T Zoran
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9789400719767
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

Publication series

NameGeotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering
ISSN (Print)15736059
ISSN (Electronic)18724671

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