Use of Ricker wavelet ground motions as an alternative to push-over testing

M. Loli, I. Anastasopoulos, J. A. Knappett, M. J. Brown

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    Abstract

    When conducting studies of seismic soil-structure interaction, it is useful to be able to define the pseudo-static 'push-over' response of the structure under static horizontal loads representing the structural inertia. Normally, this would require separate centrifuge experiments with horizontal actuators attached. This paper describes an alternative procedure, using a specific type of ground motion (a Ricker wavelet) to obtain the push-over response, thereby allowing both this and the response to conventional earthquake shaking to be determined using the same (earthquake) actuator. Application of this technique to a 1: 50 scale model highway bridge pier with two different shallow foundations is presented. The moment rotation ('backbone') behaviour of the footings was accurately determined to large rotations, as verified though independent 3-D non-linear finite element modelling. Ricker wavelet ground motions are therefore shown to be a useful tool for the identification of push-over system behaviour without requiring additional actuators.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPhysical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014, ICPMG 2014
    EditorsChristophe Gaudin, David White
    PublisherCRC Press
    Pages1073-1078
    Number of pages6
    Volume2
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315776873
    ISBN (Print)9781138022225, 9781138001527
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
    Event8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICPMG 2014 - Perth, WA, Australia
    Duration: 14 Jan 201417 Jan 2014

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    Conference8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICPMG 2014
    CountryAustralia
    CityPerth, WA
    Period14/01/1417/01/14

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    Loli, M., Anastasopoulos, I., Knappett, J. A., & Brown, M. J. (2014). Use of Ricker wavelet ground motions as an alternative to push-over testing. In C. Gaudin, & D. White (Eds.), Physical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014, ICPMG 2014 (Vol. 2, pp. 1073-1078). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/b16200-152