Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Seismic response of a pile-supported excavation on Santiago gravel

Revista : Proceedings of Vienna Congress on Recent Advances in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
Tipo de publicación : Conferencia No DCC


Non-secant anchored piling support is one of the most frequent earth-retaining systems for temporary deep excavations in Santiago, Chile. The main advantages of using non-secant piling support are their relatively low cost and ease of installation. This system is particularly efficient on stiff soils with deep groundwater table, conditions usually found in Santiago, Chile. This paper presents the results of a numerical investigation aimed to study the characteristics of earthquake-induced lateral pressures on a recently built pile-supported excavation in Santiago. The estimated static deformations of the piles (including the so-called “arching effect”) were compared against some measurements performed during the excavation. The dynamic pressures, and their influence on the piles’ internal forces, were evaluated using a synthetic Ricker wavelet in the numerical FE model. Two kinds of FE models were developed, an approximate 2D-plain strain model and a fully 3D model. The accuracy of 2D model to predict static and dynamic lateral pressures was also investigated.