Special Issue "What Is Really New in Seismic Response Analysis of Soil Deposits"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Diego Lo Presti

Department of Civil & Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa
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Interests: soil dynamics, experimental soil mechanics, in situ geotechnical testing, earthworks QC/QA, earthquake geotechnical engineering
Guest Editor
Dr. Stefano Stacul

University of Pisa – Department of Civil & Industrial Engineering
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Interests: site response analysis; pile foundation; soil-structure interaction; in situ geotechnical testing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the lessons learned from the seismic monitoring of vertical and horizontal arrays. In particular, the scope is to add knowledge as far as the following aspects of seismic response analysis of soil deposits are concerned: a) influence of the deepness of the bedrock; b) criteria for the identification of the seismic bedrock; c) valley effects; d) the use of true non-linear models incorporating the soil strength; e) the seismic response of liquefiable deposits when liquefaction occurs (influence of soil failure); f) advances in soil dynamic characterization, with special attention to the in situ determination of attenuation parameters.

Of course, the seismic monitoring of strong earthquakes becomes of paramount importance with respect to the above-listed open questions.

Dr. Diego Lo Presti
Dr. Stefano Stacul
Guest Editors

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  • Seismic Response Analysis of soil deposits (SRA)
  • Dynamic soil characterization
  • Seismic Monitoring
  • SRA of liquefiable deposits

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Hydropower Dam State and Its Foundation Soil Survey Using Industrial Seismic Oscillations
Geosciences 2019, 9(4), 187; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9040187
Received: 1 March 2019 / Revised: 15 April 2019 / Accepted: 18 April 2019 / Published: 23 April 2019
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In this article, we suggest a new type of seismic source for surveying both structure state and foundation soil conditions regardless of the level of seismic noise. In our opinion, powerful industrial equipment can be treated as seismic sources. We describe the results [...] Read more.
In this article, we suggest a new type of seismic source for surveying both structure state and foundation soil conditions regardless of the level of seismic noise. In our opinion, powerful industrial equipment can be treated as seismic sources. We describe the results of a survey conducted on the Song Tranh-2 hydropower dam located in Central Vietnam. After a М = 4.7 earthquake, the dam visual inspection revealed zones of the excessive durability loss: cracks and areas with an elevated infiltration of water into the dam galleries. Powerful industrial equipment generates continuous quasi-harmonic mechanical oscillations (seismic waves) that travel through layers of rocks. These seismic oscillations are recorded by receivers in different measurement points such as the dam body, abutments, and the foundation soils. Anomalous amplitudes of these oscillations indicate the presence of weakened zones in the structure or in foundation soil. We coupled passive and active seismic methods to more precisely find such zones. In this case, active seismic methods allowed us to investigate dam abutment zones, and passive seismic methods were used to localize weakened zones in the dam-foundation soil system. We assumed that the joint contribution of two factors was the cause of the dam weakening. One of them was caused by increased water infiltration through the rock mass and its contact zones, and the other was reservoir-induced seismicity contributing to the deterioration of the foundation soils, which was possibly the reason for a shift in the dam in the contact zone with the rock mass foundation. It is necessary to perform computer modelling, which was not included in our research. The developed method can be used for the safety control of the hydropower station dams. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title:Study on the Local Seismic Response Concerning the Realization of Catania Subway
Authors: Capilleri P. (University of Pisa), Motta E., Todaro M. (University of Catania)

Title: 2D Seismic Response Analysis of a slope in the Tyrrhenian area (Italy)
Authors: Cavallaro A., Ferraro A. and Grasso S. (University of Catania, Italy)

Title: HVSR fundamental-period site classification applied to the
Spanish strong-motion database
Authors: Pinzón, L.A., Pujades, L.G. (Technical University of Catalonia)

Title: Behavior of soil-steel bridge with various soil covers under
seismic excitation
Authors: Damian Beben, Tomasz Maleska






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