Effect of soil properties on earthquake response

  • I. M. Parton University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • R. W. Melville Smith M. O. W., Auckland, New Zealand


It is recognized that the nature of Earthquake motions, and hence their effect on structures is dependent to a large degree on the subsoils through which they pass, This paper presents the results of a computer investigation into the effects of surface layering at the site of a proposed motorway bridge.

Dynamic strain controlled triaxial tests were conducted to determine the stress-strain relationships of the soils encountered. It is concluded that the site characteristics determine the seismic response and thus control the shape of the surface motion response


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How to Cite
Parton, I. M., & Smith, R. W. M. (1971). Effect of soil properties on earthquake response. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 4(1), 73-93. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.4.1.73-93