Large Scale Geotechnical Shake Table Testing at the University of California San Diego

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This paper discusses a range of geotechnical testing capabilities available at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The capabilities discussed are part of overall large-scale UCSD laboratories, one of the largest and most active earthquake engineering laboratories worldwide. Specifically, testing using 2 different shake tables is discussed, one being the largest outdoor shake table in the world. Illustration of the capabilities are shown for soil-structure-interaction (SSI) tests of embedded structures as well as pile foundations in dry and saturated soil scenarios. The testing models were densely instrumented with top of the line sensor arrays. Instrumentation includes strain gauges, pressure and excess pore-pressure sensors, accelerometers and displacement pots. The method of construction is presented, and the stages clearly described.


University Of California, San Diego (UCSD) Shaker Table Instrumental Density Pore Pressure Sensors Bucket Foundation 
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The presented research is supported by (1) the California Department of Transportation with Dr. Charles Sikorsky as the Program Manager, (2) NSF Grant No. OISE-1445712 and (3) Bureau of Reclamation. Their support is gratefully acknowledged. The authors would like to thank the staff and research engineers of the UCSD Powell laboratories and the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. Soil pressure and Pore Pressure transducers used in liquefaction testing were provided by Kyowa Americas Inc and their technical support is gratefully appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structural EngineeringUniversity of California San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Earth Mechanics, IncSan MarcosUSA

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