Seismic Site Effects on the French Riviera

Analysis by the Boundary Element Method
  • J.-F. Semblat
  • P. Dangla
  • A.-M. Duval
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 397)


The analysis of site effects through numerical approaches is interesting since it gives quantitative results on both following parameters : the amplification level and the location of its highest values. It is then possible to compare or improve (with) the experimental investigations concerning this phenomenon. In this paper, site effect is investigated considering boundary element method (in the frequency domain) and a pure plane SH wave as the seismic loading. The specific site considered is located in the center of Nice on the french Riviera. The influence of frequency and incidence is analyzed. In a second part, pure P-waves and SV-waves are considered. Shear waves (SH and SV) give higher amplification factors than pressure waves. The thickness of the layer, its general shape as well as the seismic wave type involved have a great influence on the maximum amplification factor and the frequency for which it occurs. These results are in good agreement with experimental ones.


Boundary Element Boundary Element Method Seismic Response Site Effect Alluvial Deposit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.-F. Semblat
    • 1
  • P. Dangla
    • 1
  • A.-M. Duval
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire Central des Ponts et ChausséesParisFrance
  2. 2.CETE MéditerranéeL.R.P.C.NiceFrance

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