Earth Pressures on Structures Due to Fault Movement

by James M. Duncan, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA,
Guy Lefebvre, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Sherbrooke, Sherbrook, QC, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 12, Pg. 1153-1163

Document Type: Journal Paper


The characteristics of earth pressure loads on buried structures due to fault movements are examined and two types of finite element analyses are described which can be used to calculate the magnitudes of these pressures. Although the problem is three-dimensional, the results of two-dimensional analyses are shown to be consistent with the results of model tests. These analyses can be used to determine the distribution of pressures on the structure, and to estimate the magnitudes of the earth pressure loads for design of a structure subject to fault movements.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Geological faults | Soil pressure | Load factors | Finite element method | Three-dimensional models | Three-dimensional analysis | Two-dimensional models

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