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A seismic free field input model for
FE-SBFE coupling in time domain

Yan Junyi (阎俊义), Jin Feng (金峰), Xu Yanjie (徐艳杰), Wang Guanglun (王光纶) and Zhang Chuhan (张楚汉)

Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Abstract: A seismic free field input formulation of the coupling procedure of the finite element (FE) and the scaled boundary finite-element (SBFE) is proposed to perform the unbounded soil-structure interaction analysis in time domain. Based on the substructure technique, seismic excitation of the soil-structure system is represented by the free-field motion of an elastic half-space. To reduce the computational effort, the acceleration unit-impulse response function of the unbounded soil is decomposed into two functions: linear and residual. The latter converges to zero and can be truncated as required. With the prescribed tolerance parameter, the balance between accuracy and efficiency of the procedure can be controlled. The validity of the model is verified by the scattering analysis of a hemi-spherical canyon subjected to plane harmonic P, SV and SH wave incidences. Numerical results show that the new procedure is very efficient for seismic problems within a normal range of frequency. The coupling procedure presented herein can be applied to linear and nonlinear earthquake response analysis of practical structures which are built on unbounded soil.

Keywords: soil-structure interaction; scaled boundary finite-element; seismic excitation; time domain

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