The evaluation of the seismic behaviour of shallow multi-propped underground structures (e.g. metro stations,parking, etc.) can be considered as one of the most important and actual research topics in structural earthquakeengineering. Over the last decades, different types of analysis approaches have been proposed, but several issuesare still open, especially for multi-propped structures embedded in granular soils. In this paper, the main lim-itations of the decoupled approach are investigated and discussed through a large set of numerical simulationsinvolving: i) a multi-propped underground structure; ii)five natural and one synthetic accelerograms; iii) fourdifferent soil profiles characterized by the same mechanical properties but different values of the shear modulusthat are related to the shear wave velocity ranging between 360 m/s and 750 m/s. The results, in terms ofbending moment acting on RC retaining walls, obtained through the decupled approach are discussed in com-parison with those obtained through the coupled approach (non-linear dynamic analysis), highlighting the maindifferences and limitations. This study shows that the decoupled approach provides consistent results only forsoil profiles characterized by low values of stiffness due to the main assumptions underlying the approach.

On the limitations of decoupled approach for the seismic behaviour evaluation of shallow multi-propped underground structures embedded in granular soils

Zucca, Marco;Valente, Marco
2020-01-01

Abstract

The evaluation of the seismic behaviour of shallow multi-propped underground structures (e.g. metro stations,parking, etc.) can be considered as one of the most important and actual research topics in structural earthquakeengineering. Over the last decades, different types of analysis approaches have been proposed, but several issuesare still open, especially for multi-propped structures embedded in granular soils. In this paper, the main lim-itations of the decoupled approach are investigated and discussed through a large set of numerical simulationsinvolving: i) a multi-propped underground structure; ii)five natural and one synthetic accelerograms; iii) fourdifferent soil profiles characterized by the same mechanical properties but different values of the shear modulusthat are related to the shear wave velocity ranging between 360 m/s and 750 m/s. The results, in terms ofbending moment acting on RC retaining walls, obtained through the decupled approach are discussed in com-parison with those obtained through the coupled approach (non-linear dynamic analysis), highlighting the maindifferences and limitations. This study shows that the decoupled approach provides consistent results only forsoil profiles characterized by low values of stiffness due to the main assumptions underlying the approach.
2020
underground structures; decoupled approach; seismic response; time history analysis
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