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Dynamic centrifuge testing to assess liquefaction potential

Fasano, Gianluca; Bilotta, Emilio; Flora, Alessandro; Fioravante, Vincenzo; Giretti, Daniela; Lai, Carlo G.; Ozcebe, Ali G.

A set of centrifuge tests has been carried out at ISMGEO (Italy) laboratory on models of a liquefiable soil. A natural sand from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy was used in the tests, in order to reproduce typical ground conditions where liquefaction occurred during the seismic sequence of 2012. The models were instrumented with miniaturised accelerometers and with pore pressure and displacement transducers. Spectrum-compatible acceleration time histories were applied at the base of the model. In this way triggering of the liquefaction was detected and post-liquefaction settlements were evaluated. The paper describes with the tests carried out on free-field models. Further tests are currently ongoing to assess the seismic response of simple model structures lying on liquefiable ground. The testing programme, funded within the H2020 research project LIQUEFACT, is aimed at an experimental verification of ground improvement techniques used to mitigate the liquefaction susceptibility of fully saturated loose sands. 

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