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Improved Method for the Seismic Design of Anchored Steel Sheet Pile Walls

Caputo, GV and Conti, R and Viggiani, GMB and Prüm, C (2021) Improved Method for the Seismic Design of Anchored Steel Sheet Pile Walls. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 147. ISSN 1090-0241 (Unpublished)

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This paper describes a new pseudostatic approach for an efficient seismic design of anchored steel sheet pile (ASSP) walls supported by shallow passive anchorages. As for other retaining structures, energy dissipation during strong earthquakes leading to reduced inertia forces can be achieved by allowing the activation of ductile plastic mechanisms. To this end, a robust method is required to identify all the possible yielding mechanisms and to guarantee the desired strength hierarchy. It is shown that dissipative mechanisms for ASSP walls correspond either to the local attainment of the soil shear strength in the supporting soil and around the anchor, or in the activation of a log-spiral global failure surface. A new limit equilibrium method is proposed to compute the critical acceleration of the system, corresponding to the actual mobilization of its strength, and the maximum internal forces in the structural members. Theoretical findings are validated against both existing dynamic centrifuge data and the results of original pseudostatic and fully dynamic numerical analyses.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 22:43
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 09:07
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002429