Title: Geotechnical reconnaissance and liquefaction analyses of a liquefaction site with silty fine sand in Southern Taiwan
Authors: Chang, Wen-Jong
Ni, Sheng-Huoo
Huang, An-Bin
Huang, Yan-Hong
Yang, Yu-Zhang
Department of Civil Engineering
Keywords: Soil liquefaction;Fines content;Silty sand;Case history
Issue Date: 13-Nov-2011
Abstract: Geotechnical reconnaissance of a recurrent liquefaction site at a Quaternary alluvial deposit in southern Taiwan was conducted to establish a comprehensive case history for liquefaction on silty fine sand with high fines content. The liquefaction occurred at a silty fine sand layer with D(50) = 0.09 mm and fines content greater than 35% and was triggered by a M(w) = 6.4 earthquake on March 4,2010, which induced maximum horizontal acceleration up to 0.189 g at the site. In situ subsurface characterizations, including standard penetration test, cone penetration test, and shear wave velocity measurement, were performed as well as cyclic simple shear tests on undisturbed specimens retrieved by a modified hydraulic piston sampler. Comparisons of cyclic resistance ratios (CRRs) indicate that CPT sounding with standard penetration rate could overestimate the resistance ratio and drainage conditions during penetration should be considered for high fines content soil in the liquefaction analysis. Additionally, variations of CRRs from different in situ tests indicate that correlations among in situ tests and CRR could be soil specific and precautions should be taken when using these curves on silty fine sands. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2011.09.003
ISSN: 0013-7952
DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2011.09.003
Volume: 123
Issue: 3
Begin Page: 235
End Page: 245
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