Foundation Problems in Earthquake Regions

  • Leonardo Zeevaert


A major earthquake produces a strong ground motion in the subsoil; consequently, underground and surface structures supported on the soil mass will be induced to move and take dynamic forces. The magnitude of the inertia forces are proportional to the acceleration at the depth at which the foundation structure is placed. Their action in the foundation structure may be estimated knowing the subsoil behavior. For this purpose, the maximum displacements, stresses, and accelerations should be determined in the soil mass.


Shear Strength Pore Water Pressure Soil Mass Maximum Shear Stress Strong Ground Motion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Zeevaert
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  1. 1.Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico

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