Ground Vibration Studies

  • William L. Fourney
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 275)


Many attempts have been made to quantify the propagation and interaction of elastic waves. Woods [1], for example, examined the role of trenches in isolating a building from vibration. Dally and Lewis [2] studied the effects of a slit on a propagating Rayleigh wave through the use of dynamic photoelasticity. Gupta and Kisslinger [3] observed the surface displacements in an explosively generated Rayleigh wave, by modeling a half space with a plane and employing capacitor probes to measure the vertical and radial displacement. DeBremaecker [4] studied the transmission and reflection of Rayleigh waves at corners. All of the above have their shortcomings.


Ground Motion Rayleigh Wave Radial Displacement Surface Displacement Fringe Pattern 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William L. Fourney
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering College of EngineeringUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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