Verification of generalized scaling laws: Two centrifuge tests of a liquefiable sloping deposit

E. Korre, T. Abdoun, M. Zeghal, P. Kokkali

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Two centrifuge experiments were conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to evaluate and assess the validity of the generalized scaling laws. The experiments were performed within the framework of the Liquefaction Experiments and Analysis Project (LEAP) and consisted of testing a saturated sloping deposit subjected to a tapered base input acceleration. The two tested models reflected consistent soil conditions but were built based on different scaling principles. The first model observed the conventional scaling laws for centrifuge physical modeling. The second model reflected the generalized scaling laws. The two tested models exhibited consistent response before liquefaction. The generalized scaling model showed a higher susceptibility to liquefaction and had a higher rate of pore pressure buildup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106480
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Centrifuge modeling
  • Dilation
  • Generalized scaling
  • Lateral spreading and sloping ground
  • Liquefaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science


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