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Evaluation of bridge foundations by impulse response methods
Author(s): Richard J. Finno; Sarah L. Gassman
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Paper Abstract

This paper summarizes the results of a series of impulse response tests on inaccessible drilled shafts constructed at the National Geotechnical Experimentation Site (NGES) at Northwestern University. The drilled shafts are 610 to 910 mm in diameter and 12 to 27 m long, and are covered by pile caps up to 1.5 m thick. Results of tests on drilled shafts obscured by the pile caps have shown that useful information can be obtained below a 'cutoff frequency' which is defined by the propagation velocity and the geometries of the intervening structure and the deep foundation. An extension of the conventional impulse response method using multiple geophones is described which makes interpretation of responses from the foundation easier by minimizing the effects of surface waves on the processed signals. Superposing the velocity responses from each geophone allows the reflections from the deep foundation to be more easily identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3400, Structural Materials Technology III: An NDT Conference, (31 March 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300106
Show Author Affiliations
Richard J. Finno, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Sarah L. Gassman, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3400:
Structural Materials Technology III: An NDT Conference
Ronald D. Medlock; David C. Laffrey, Editor(s)

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