Predicting seismic liquefaction potential of sands by optimum seeking method

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The feasibility of using the optimum seeking method to assess the seismic liquefaction potential of sands has been investigated. Optimization theory is a very important branch of applied mathematics and has a wide application in the practical world. Using the available field sand liquefaction data, the influence of various factors is quantified using the optimum seeking method. The factors considered are: the earthquake magnitude M, the distance of the site from the source of the earthquake L, the depth of the water table Dw, the depth of the sand deposit Ds, and the standard penetration test (SPT) blow count N. The most important factors have been identified as the earthquake magnitude and the SPT blow count. Prediction results show that the proposed method is effective and feasible. Since neither normalization of the SPT blow count nor calculation of the seismic shear-stress ratio are required, the proposed method is simpler and more direct than the conventional methods of evaluating liquefaction potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages8
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1998


  • Case history
  • Earthquake
  • Liquefaction
  • Optimum seeking method
  • Sand
  • Standard penetration test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science


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