International Journal of Civil Engineering

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 265–279 | Cite as

Vibration Propagation of Diverse Footings on Saturated Sand

  • Guangya DingEmail author
  • Fan Sun
  • Hongtao Fu
Research paper


Dynamic behaviour of diverse footings resting on saturated sand filled in a large model groove was investigated. The vibration parameters include the frequency and waveform, which were related to the footing height, shape, stiffness, and embedment. A vertical-vibration attenuation equation for saturated sand was proposed. Experiments on the dynamic response of the footings resting on geogrid-reinforced saturated sand were carried out in terms of the geogrid layers, burial depth, and geogrid area. The results show that, the velocity amplitude increases with an increase in the frequency from 0 to 27 Hz and is maximum at the resonant frequency. Moreover, the vertical velocity for a rectangular footing is the highest among three different footing models. Increases in the footing stiffness and footing height lead to a beneficial reduction in the dynamic response, and the vibration velocity increases with an increase in the footing embedment in sandy soil. In addition, the vertical velocity reduces with the increase in the number of geogrid layers, and with the increases in the geogrid area and burial depth.


Saturated sand Geogrid Footing Vibration Propagation pattern 



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant nos. 51578425 and 51108349), the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant no. 2016YFC0800201), and the Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province (Grant no. LY18E080027).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Architecture and Civil EngineeringWenzhou UniversityWenzhouChina
  2. 2.The Key Laboratory of Engineering and Technology for Soft Soil Foundation and Tideland Reclamation of Zhejiang ProvinceWenzhouChina

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