Liquefaction potential and piezocone response

  • R. A. Vreugdenhil University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • R. O. Davis University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • J. B. Berrill University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


A simple approximate analysis is presented for interpretation of cone penetration results when the cone resistance is affected by layering of soils with different stiffnesses. It is argued that the cone resistance senses the presence of a nearby layer elastically, and an approximate elastic analysis is developed to quantify the effect. Good comparisons with calibration chamber experimental results are found. This has important implications for soil classification and for assessment of liquefaction potential from cone penetration results.


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How to Cite
Vreugdenhil, R. A., Davis, R. O., & Berrill, J. B. (1995). Liquefaction potential and piezocone response. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 28(2), 106-112.

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