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Shear wave velocity-based liquefaction evaluation in the great Wenchuan earthquake: a preliminary case study

Date: 2018-06-01      View counts: 498    


Zhou Yanguo, Chen Yunmin, Ling Daosheng
Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration
Analysis of earthquake disaster
Paper Keyword
liquefaction; Wenchuan earthquake; shear wave velocity; spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW); hazard defi nition
The great Wenchuan earthquake (Ms = 8.0) in 2008 caused severe damage in the western part of the Chengdu Plain. Soil liquefaction was one of the major causes of damage in the plain areas, and proper evaluation of liquefaction potential is important in the definition of the seismic hazard facing a given region and post-earthquake reconstruction. In this paper, a simplified procedure is proposed for liquefaction assessment of sandy deposits using shear wave velocity (Vs), and soil liquefaction from the Banqiao School site was preliminarily investigated after the earthquake. Boreholes were made at the site and shear wave velocities were measured both by SASW and down-hole methods. Based on the in-situ soil information and Vs profiles, the liquefaction potential of this site was evaluated. The results are reasonably consistent with the actual field behavior observed after the earthquake, indicating that the proposed procedure is effective. The possible effects of gravel and fines contents on liquefaction of sandy soils were also briefly discussed.
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