Tactile pressure sensors in centrifuge modeling of rocking foundations

Panagiota Kokkali, Tarek Abdoun, Ioannis Anastasopoulos

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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 (US)
Title of host publicationIFCEE 2015 - Proceedings of the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015
EditorsJ. Brian Anderson, Magued Iskander, Muhannad T. Suleiman, Debra F. Laefer
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479087
StatePublished - 2015
EventInternational Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015, IFCEE 2015 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Mar 17 2015Mar 21 2015

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
VolumeGSP 256
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherInternational Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015, IFCEE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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