Earthquake - scale modeling in the geotechnical engineering field

Tadashi Kawai

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In the geotechnical engineering field, scale modeling plays a very important role. Downscaled models are used because the targets of geotechnical engineering are usually huge, e.g., a dam, reclaimed land, a slope, or the base ground of various kinds of structures. However, since the characteristics of soils depend on the confining pressure, special treatment needs to be given to soils in these geotechnical models. In this paper, the types of problems which may be encountered in geotechnical engineering and the characteristics of soils are introduced. Then a special use of the scale model in geotechnical engineering is explained using problems involving a seawall, an underground structure, and a slope as examples of its potential application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Scale Modeling, Volume II
Subtitle of host publicationSelections from the International Symposia on Scale Modeling, ISSM VI (2009) and ISSM VII (2013)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783319103082
ISBN (Print)9783319103075
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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