01769nas a2200133 4500008004100000245008300041210006900124260001900193520130400212100002001516700002101536700002701557856005101584 2014 en d00aSome remarks on the seismic behaviour of embedded cantilevered retaining walls0 aSome remarks on the seismic behaviour of embedded cantilevered r bThomas Telford3 aThis paper is a numerical investigation of the physical phenomena that control the dynamic behaviour of embedded cantilevered retaining walls. Recent experimental observations obtained from centrifuge tests have shown that embedded cantilevered retaining walls experience permanent displacements even before the acceleration reaches its critical value, corresponding to full mobilisation of the soil strength. The motivation for this work stems from the need to incorporate these observations in simplified design procedures. A parametric study was carried out on a pair of embedded cantilevered walls in dry sand, subjected to real earthquakes scaled at different values of the maximum acceleration. The results of these analyses indicate that, for the geotechnical design of the wall, the equivalent acceleration to be used in pseudo-static calculations can be related to the maximum displacement that the structure can sustain, and can be larger than the maximum acceleration expected at the site. For the structural design of the wall, it is suggested that the maximum bending moments of the wall can be computed using a realistic distribution of contact stress and a conservative value of the pseudo-static acceleration, taking into account two-dimensional amplification effects near the walls.1 aConti, Riccardo1 aD'Arezzo, Burali1 aViggiani, Giulia, M.B. uhttp://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/3507301737nas a2200145 4500008004100000245007100041210006400112260001900176520126500195653002501460100002001485700002301505700002701528856003601555 2012 en d00aOn the behaviour of flexible retaining walls under seismic actions0 abehaviour of flexible retaining walls under seismic actions bICE Publishing3 aThis paper describes an experimental investigation of the behaviour of embedded retaining walls under seismic actions. Nine centrifuge tests were carried out on reduced-scale models of pairs of retaining walls in dry sand, either cantilevered or with one level of props near the top. The experimental data indicate that, for maximum accelerations that are smaller than the critical limit equilibrium value, the retaining walls experience significant permanent displacements under increasing structural loads, whereas for larger accelerations the walls rotate under constant internal forces. The critical acceleration at which the walls start to rotate increases with increasing maximum acceleration. No significant displacements are measured if the current earthquake is less severe than earthquakes previously experienced by the wall. The increase of critical acceleration is explained in terms of redistribution of earth pressures and progressive mobilisation of the passive strength in front of the wall. The experimental data for cantilevered retaining walls indicate that the permanent displacements of the wall can be reasonably predicted adopting a Newmark-type calculation with a critical acceleration that is a fraction of the limit equilibrium value.10aCentrifuge modelling1 aConti, Riccardo1 aMadabhushi, G.S.P.1 aViggiani, Giulia, M.B. uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/693301861nas a2200145 4500008004100000245007600041210006900117260001300186520138500199653002701584100002001611700002101631700002701652856003601679 2012 en d00aNumerical modelling of installation effects for diaphragm walls in sand0 aNumerical modelling of installation effects for diaphragm walls bSpringer3 aThe scopes of this work are to study the mechanisms of load transfer and the deformations of the ground during slurry trenching and concreting in dry sand and to evaluate their effects on service structural loads, wall deflections and ground displacements behind the wall caused by subsequent excavation. A series of three-dimensional finite element analyses was carried out modelling the installation of diaphragm walls consisting of panels of different length. The soil was modelled as either linearly elastic-perfectly plastic or incrementally non-linear (hypoplastic) with elastic strain range. Plane strain analyses of diaphragm walls of identical cross section were also carried out in which wall installation was either modelled or the wall was wished in place (WIP). The analyses predict ground movements consistent with the experimental observations both in magnitude and trend. The results also show that the maximum horizontal wall deflections and structural loads reduce with increasing panel aspect ratio towards a minimum which is about twice the value computed for WIP analyses. Panel aspect ratios should be larger than about three to take advantage of the three-dimensional effects. The pattern and magnitude of surface vertical displacements obtained from linearly elastic-perfectly plastic analyses, no matter whether three- or two-dimensional, are unrealistic.10aConstitutive relations1 aConti, Riccardo1 ade Sanctis, Luca1 aViggiani, Giulia, M.B. uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/6934