The first step for learning any calculation code for seismic response analysis is an adequate understanding of how to properly set the boundary conditions and the properties of the soil model at the initial stage, i.e., before the shaking event. To pursue this aim, nine different computer codes suitable for seismic response analyses of soil profiles have been reviewed. An ideal twenty-meter soil column with visco-elastic linear behavior, subjected to a pulse-like input motion, has been reproduced with the different codes with the scope to practically show the differences and peculiarities of each of them. In the definition of the soil properties in the small-strain range, special attention has been devoted to the definition of the damping ratio, usually defined in non-linear codes as viscous damping according to the Rayleigh formulation. This simple one-dimensional exercise has been considered as a useful benchmark for verifying the rightness of the application of the boundary conditions and setting the initial soil properties. The same analysis can be easily reproduced by beginner users and, therefore, constitutes a starting point in the learning phase of new and/or more sophisticated 2D and 3D calculation codes for seismic site response analysis.

Defining the Boundary Conditions for Seismic Response Analysis - A Practical Review of Some Widely-Used Codes

Anna Chiaradonna
2022-01-01

Abstract

The first step for learning any calculation code for seismic response analysis is an adequate understanding of how to properly set the boundary conditions and the properties of the soil model at the initial stage, i.e., before the shaking event. To pursue this aim, nine different computer codes suitable for seismic response analyses of soil profiles have been reviewed. An ideal twenty-meter soil column with visco-elastic linear behavior, subjected to a pulse-like input motion, has been reproduced with the different codes with the scope to practically show the differences and peculiarities of each of them. In the definition of the soil properties in the small-strain range, special attention has been devoted to the definition of the damping ratio, usually defined in non-linear codes as viscous damping according to the Rayleigh formulation. This simple one-dimensional exercise has been considered as a useful benchmark for verifying the rightness of the application of the boundary conditions and setting the initial soil properties. The same analysis can be easily reproduced by beginner users and, therefore, constitutes a starting point in the learning phase of new and/or more sophisticated 2D and 3D calculation codes for seismic site response analysis.
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