Transient Response of Multiple Rigid Foundations on an Elastic, Homogeneous Half-Space

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F. Guan, M. Novak

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 5B9, Canada

J. Appl. Mech 61(3), 656-663 (Sep 01, 1994) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2901510 History: Received December 11, 1992; Revised June 17, 1993; Online March 31, 2008


Three-dimensional transient response of both massless and massive multiple, rigid foundations, bonded to an elastic, homogeneous half-space, is investigated to study the effect of dynamic interaction through-soil. The numerical procedure is formulated in terms of the boundary element approach by means of the transient fundamental solutions developed by the authors (1994). This procedure works efficiently for the problem addressed here since the separated foundations are analyzed without discretizing the surface of the half-space outside the contact areas between the half-space and the foundations. It also provides the possibility to study nonlinear problems involved with semi-infinite soils.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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