Acta Seismologica Sinica

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 493–501 | Cite as

Propagation of seismic waves in a viscoelastic medium and the effect of topography

  • Yuanqing Zhu
  • Tianyue Hu
  • Ziqiang Guo


In this paper we have simulated the propagation of seismic waves in viscoelastic medium and calculated the effect of irregular surface topography by using finite element method. Several types of elastic and viscoelastic medium models, such as block structure, vidges and/or valley with and without a soft layer underneath have been studied. The distribution of maximum amplitude of displacement and acceleration on surface has been calculated in the case of vertically incident SH and P waves from the basement. The possible application in earthquake engineering is also discussed.

Key words

viscoelastic wave topographic effect finite element method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuanqing Zhu
    • 1
  • Tianyue Hu
    • 1
  • Ziqiang Guo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Earth and Space ScienceUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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