Vibration Problems in Geotechnical Engineering

by George Gazetas, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180,
Ernest T. Selig, (F.ASCE), Prof.; Univ. of Massachusetts, Marston Hall 28, Amherst, MA 01003,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-492-4 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-492-7 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 309

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Conference information: A Symposium by the Geotechnical Engineering Div. in conjunction with the ASCE Convention | Detroit, Michigan, United States | October 22, 1985

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


This volume constitutes the Proceedings of a two-session Symposium whose main objective is to address geotechnical issues related to vibration problems other than those associated with earthquakes. The first session, entitled Analysis and Measurement of Machine Foundation Vibrations, contains eight papers covering analytical, experimental and design aspects of machine foundations. Procedures to predict amplitudes of machine-excited vibrations of shallow, embedded and piled foundations are described. Rigorous and simplified methods are presented, while small-scale experiments show the capabilities and limitations of such methods of analysis. Two different designs of compressor foundations are reviewed and the results of field tests aimed at evaluating their performance are presented. A numerical formulation for assessing the effectiveness of active and passive vibration isolation by means of trenches is outlined. The second session, entitled Detrimental Ground Movement from Man-Made Vibrations, contains seven papers which provide a variety of useful examples of vibration effects. Settlements caused by pile driving vibrations are examined. Observations on ground vibrations from vehicles on projects where vibrations were a problem to people or equipment are presented. Ground vibrations from various sources including dynamic compaction, vibraflotation, pile driving, machine vibrations and vehicle vibrations are also covered. Ground vibrations from dynamic (impact) compaction operations and building response to construction blast vibrations are reviewed. A study of potential detrimental effects on slope stability of vibrations from blasting is presented.

Subject Headings: Vibration | Geotechnical engineering | Machine foundations | Foundation design | Ground motion | Construction equipment | Shallow foundations | Field tests


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