Numerical Analysis of Ground Motion Characteristics in Permafrost Regions along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Due to the vulnerability of permafrost environment to climate changes, permafrost in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) is experiencing thickening of the active layer and warming ground temperatures that together have a significant influence on the ground motion characteristics. A series of in situ wave velocity tests were carried out in permafrost regions along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway (QTR) and the characteristics of shear wave velocity of frozen soil were summarized. Then, the ground motion responses in permafrost regions were simulated, and the impact of permafrost change on the seismic site response was discussed. Moreover, the dynamic response of the traditional embankment at the Beiluhe site in permafrost regions was studied. The changes of ground motion parameters were significantly impacted and showed reproducible changes with different active layer thicknesses and permafrost thicknesses. The ground motion amplification coefficients increased with the increase of active layer thickness, and the amplification coefficients were greater in a warm season than that in a cold season. Furthermore, the active layer thickness had little influence on the characteristic site period, and the variation of the characteristic site period with the permafrost thickness showed the logarithmic variation characteristic. Compared with the soil profile away from the center of the railway subgrade, the acceleration under the embankment showed a significant increase due to the overlying subgrade embankment. The increase in amplitude was about 29%, which illustrated that the deformation of the soil under the embankment became greater and may be more prone to damage during the seismic loading.


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  • Accession Number: 01667255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2018 3:03PM