Early history of soil–structure interaction
Author(s)Kausel, Eduardo A.
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Soil–structure interaction is an interdisciplinary field of endeavor which lies at the intersection of soil and structural mechanics, soil and structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, geophysics and geomechanics, material science, computational and numerical methods, and diverse other technical disciplines. Its origins trace back to the late 19th century, evolved and matured gradually in the ensuing decades and during the first half of the 20th century, and progressed rapidly in the second half stimulated mainly by the needs of the nuclear power and offshore industries, by the debut of powerful computers and simulation tools such as finite elements, and by the needs for improvements in seismic safety. The pages that follow provide a concise review of some of the leading developments that paved the way for the state of the art as it is known today. Inasmuch as static foundation stiffnesses are also widely used in engineering analyses and code formulas for SSI effects, this work includes a brief survey of such static solutions.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Kausel, Eduardo. “Early History of Soil–structure Interaction.” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 30, no. 9 (September 2010): 822–832. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.
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