Mitigation of existing structure settlement by sheet pile walls when liquefaction

Y. Motohashi*, K. Yasuhara, H. Komine, S. Murakami

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Liquefaction during earthquakes induces such damage of existing structures as uplift or settlement, depending on the weight of structure. It is important to mitigating damage occurring by liquefaction to take some countermeasures against harmful vertical displacement. This study specifically focuses on countermeasures against settlement induced by liquefaction of existing structures with sheet pile walls during earthquakes. For this purpose, the study considers the effects of sheet pile walls on decreasing liquefaction-induced settlement of existing structures using the model tests under normal gravity (1 g) conditions that simulate the situation of existing structures founded on sand deposits. Results show in the following: (1) The longer the sheet pile walls that are installed, the more markedly settlement of structures can be reduced. (2) Combined adaptation of sheet pile walls installation with a decrease in groundwater level engenders a great degree of reduction in the settlement of structures than with adaptation of the single technique of the sheet pile wall installation or dewatering of GWL.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages6
Edition211 GSP
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: 2011 Mar 132011 Mar 16

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


ConferenceGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


  • Earthquakes
  • Piles
  • Settlement
  • Soil liquefaction
  • Walls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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