Numerical Simulation of Site Effects

by Apostolos S. Papageorgiou, (M.ASCE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Troy, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Numerical simulations have proved to be very powerful tool in the analysis and study of site effects. Numerical models may be used (i) to study the pattern of shaking during a particular target earthquake and/or (ii) to make parametric studies of idealized models of irregular surface topography and basin structures. Simulation techniques of two-and three-dimensional models are briefly mentioned. Special attention is given to a hybrid technique which combines the Finite Element Method with the Discrete Wavenumber Boundary Element method.

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Boundary element method | Finite element method | Numerical analysis | Hybrid methods | Numerical methods | Earthquakes

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