Prediction of low level vibration induced settlement

Dong Soo Kim, Sergey Drabkin, Anatoly Rokhvarger, Debra Laefer

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A prediction model of vibration induced settlement was developed for small to intermediate vibration levels (0.25-1.78 cm/s). Seven factors affecting vibration induced settlement such as vibration amplitude, deviatoric stress, confining pressure, soil gradation, duration of vibration, relative density, and moisture content were considered. A special vibratory frame was designed to shake a soil sample within a triaxial cell. An experimental program was devised using a multi-factorial experimental design method, which allowed the investigation of many factors influencing settlement using a relatively small number of experiments. The settlements from the case histories matched the settlements calculated from the model. This demonstrated the potential usefulness of a mathematical model for the evaluation and prediction of the vibration induced, in-situ settlement of sands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
EditorsAlbert T. Yeung, Guy Y. Felio
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)078440027X
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the Conference on Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments. Part 2 (of 2) - College Station, TX, USA
Duration: Jun 16 1994Jun 18 1994

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherProceedings of the Conference on Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments. Part 2 (of 2)
CityCollege Station, TX, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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