Seismic Response of Port and Harbor Facilities

by S. D. Werner, Agbabian Associates, El Segundo, CA, USA,
S. J. Hung, Agbabian Associates, El Segundo, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering: Performance, Design and Construction


A research program compiled information regarding the behavior of port and harbor facilities during past earthquakes. The potential for significant damage to port and harbor facilities is most related to porewater pressure buildup in the surrounding soil materials. Current seismic design provisions often fail to take proper account of many of the possible effects of earthquake ground motion. Dynamic analysis can enhance earthquake-resistant design of port and harbor facilities.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Harbor facilities | Soil pressure | Ground motion | Dynamic analysis | Soil liquefaction | Load and resistance factor design

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