Study on the stiffness degradation and damping of pile foundations under dynamic loadings

Abstract : This paper presents a comprehensive study on the different behaviour of batter and vertical pile foundations in terms of stiffness degradation and damping properties under dynamic loadings. Firstly, dynamic centrifuge tests were carried out and the variations of translational/rotational stiffness and the associated damping properties were identified from a series of hysteretic loops. Results show that for the rocking behaviour, the presence of batter piles causes a small decrease of the rotational stiffness and a great increase of the rotational damping; for the horizontal translation behaviour, batter pile foundation has much higher horizontal stiffness and transla-tional damping compared to the vertical foundation. Then, a set of stiffness degradation and damping curves for the translational and rotational behaviour of batter and vertical pile foundations are proposed. Finally, the proposed stiffness degradation and damping curves were validated numerically by using equivalent linear approach. The numerical validation shows a good agreement with the experimental results.
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Zheng Li, Sandra Escoffier, Panagiotis Kotronis. Study on the stiffness degradation and damping of pile foundations under dynamic loadings. Engineering Structures, Elsevier, 2020, 203, pp.109850. ⟨10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.109850⟩. ⟨hal-02351359⟩

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