In recent years, new seismic design methods for gravity retaining walls, based on the earthquake-induced permanent displacement of the wall, have been proposed. These methods generally ignore the effects of ground motion amplification in the backfill on the seismic behavior of the wall. In the present paper, results obtained with a finite element model capable of taking into account the amplification of ground motion in the backfill, while computing permanent distortions, are presented. Implications of these results for design are also considered.

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    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

    P.O. Box 40 Tasen
    Oslo 8,   Norway 
  • Authors:
    • Nadim, F
    • Whitman, R V
  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Accession Number: 00450007
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:55PM