Cumulative Effect at the Soil Surface Due to Shear Wave Propagation

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M. Zak

Applied Mechanics Technology Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. 91109

J. Appl. Mech 50(1), 227-229 (Mar 01, 1983) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167003 History: Received June 01, 1982; Revised September 01, 1982; Online July 21, 2009


A cumulation of the shear strain energy at the soil surface as a response to underground shear excitations is considered. It is shown that this effect is caused by the vanishing shear modulus at the soil surface. The corresponding mathematical model is presented by a linear hyperbolic equation with variable coefficients. The uniqueness and stability of the solutions are analyzed.

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