Three examples of interaction of flexible structural elements with displacing ground are described. A closed form solution can be obtained for a pile loaded laterally at its top in an elastic soil. Where the nonlinearity of the soil-structure interaction is reckoned to be of importance appropriate functions must be assumed for the development of load on the pile. Even for this nonlinear situation the problem can be defined in terms of a small number of dimensionless groups. A third case describes a horizontal structure – a pipeline or tunnel – crossed by a fault. Understanding the material characteristics which control the analysis through dimensionless groups makes the application of the results more universal.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana di Geotecnica|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2008|