WIT Press


Dynamic Response Of Underground Structures In Soils With Variable Mechanical Properties

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ERES010571

Volume

57

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

807 kb

Author(s)

C.Z Karakostas

Abstract

Dynamic response of underground structures in soils with variable mechanical properties C.Z. Karakostas Institute of Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Engineering (ITSAK), Thessaloniki, Greece. Abstract In this work, we develop a formulation based on the Boundary Element Method (BEM) for evaluating the dynamic response of underground structures excited by seismically-induced, steady-state, horizontally polarized shear (SH) waves. The surrounding geological medium is viewed as an elastic continuum exhibiting large randomness in its mechanical properties. Suitable Green's functions are proposed and subsequently used within the context the BEM formulation. More specifically, the methodology developed herein employs a series expansion for the proposed Green's functions, where the basis functions are orthogonal polynomials of a random argument. These functions are incorporated in a BEM formulation, which is then used for the solution of problems of engineering interest. The p

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