CUED Publications database

Centrifuge modelling of the seismic performance of soft buried barriers

Nappa, V and Bilotta, E and Flora, A and Madabhushi, SPG (2016) Centrifuge modelling of the seismic performance of soft buried barriers. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 14. pp. 2881-2901. ISSN 1570-761X

Full text not available from this repository.


The paper presents the results of an experimental work carried out in a geotechnical centrifuge at the Schofield Centre of Cambridge University. Two reduced scale models of soft barriers in a sand layer underwent a series of ground shaking. In the first model a thin horizontal layer made of latex balloons filled with a cross-linked gel was created at about mid-height of the sand layer. In the second, the same balloons were deployed to form a V-shaped barrier aimed at isolating a relatively shallow volume of sand. The aim of the study was to get experimental evidence of the capability of such soft barriers to isolate a volume of soil thus reducing amplification of ground motion during severe seismic events. The experimental results were compared with FE numerical analyses of the same models, carried out also in free field to have a benchmark condition. By validating the FE modelling via the comparison with the experimental results, a robust model has been built, aimed at being used for carrying out a wider parametric numerical testing. The experimental results confirm the effectiveness of such soft barriers to reduce amplification in the isolated volumes during seismic events.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:31
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 01:03
DOI: 10.1007/s10518-016-9912-9