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Foundation Vibration Analysis Using Simple Physical Models by John P. Wolf

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Statement of Problem

The fundamental objective of soil-structure-interaction analysis [W4, W6] is illustrated in Fig. 1-1). A structure with finite dimensions is embedded in soft soil, which extends to infinity. A specified time-varying load—originating, for example, from rotating machinery—acts on the structure or the dynamic excitation is introduced through the soil as for seismic waves. The dynamic response of the structure interacting with the soil is to be determined.

Objective of soil-structure-interaction analysis.

Figure 1-1. Objective of soil-structure-interaction analysis.

The various aspects are discussed qualitatively in more detail. The bounded structure (and, ...

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