Tactile pressure sensors in centrifuge modeling of rocking foundations

Panagiota Kokkali (Lead / Corresponding author), Tarek Abdoun (Lead / Corresponding author), Ioannis Anastasopoulos (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    The nonlinear response of shallow foundations when subjected to combined loading has been extensively studied by several researchers that have used sophisticated numerical tools and performed large or small-scale experimental investigations to explore the underlying mechanisms. It has been shown that failure in the form of soil yielding or foundation uplifting may accommodate high ductility demand and increase the safety margins, providing promising evidence for incorporation of such response in design provisions. The rocking response of a single degree of freedom system (SDOF) on sand was explored through a series of centrifuge tests that were performed at the Center for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (CEES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The SDOF system was supported by a surface foundation and a tactile pressure sensor was placed at the soil-foundation interface to capture the evolution of the foundation contact area and the vertical stress distribution while the system was subjected to cyclic loading of increasing amplitude. The results obtained from experiments on loose and dense dry sand are discussed in this paper.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIFCEE 2015
    EditorsMagued Iskander, Muhannad T. Suleiman, J. Brian Anderson, Debra F. Laefer
    PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780784479087
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventInternational Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015 - JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, United States
    Duration: 17 Mar 201521 Mar 2015

    Publication series

    NameGeotechnical Special Publication


    ConferenceInternational Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015
    Abbreviated titleIFCEE 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Antonio
    Internet address

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Building and Construction
    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Architecture


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