Abstract

Soil liquefaction can cause devastating damage and loss and is a serious concern in civil engineering practice. One method for evaluating liquefaction triggering potential is a risk-targeted probabilistic approach that has been shown to provide more consistent and accurate estimates of liquefaction risk than traditional methods. This approach is a “performance-based” procedure which is based off of the performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) framework developed by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. Unfortunately, due to its complexity, performance-based liquefaction assessment is not often used in engineering practice. However, previous researchers have developed a simplified performance-based procedure which incorporates the accuracy and benefits of a full performance-based procedure while maintaining a more simplistic and user-friendly approach. Until now, these simplified performance-based procedures have only been available for the SPT (Standard Penetration Test). With the increasing popularity of the CPT (Cone Penetration Test), a simplified procedure is needed for CPT-based liquefaction assessment. This thesis presents the derivation of a simplified performance-based procedure for evaluating liquefaction triggering using the Ku et al. (2012) and Boulanger and Idriss (2014) models. The validation study compares the results of the simplified and full performance-based procedures. The comparison study compares the accuracy of the simplified performance-based and traditional pseudo-probabilistic procedures. These studies show that the simplified performance-based procedure provides a better and more consistent approximation of the full performance-based procedure than traditional methods. This thesis also details the development of the liquefaction loading maps which are an integral part of the simplified method.

Degree

MS

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Date Submitted

2020-04-06

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd11190

Keywords

liquefaction, performance-based earthquake engineering, cone penetration test, CPT, probability of liquefaction, map-based procedures, PBEE

Language

English

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Engineering Commons

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