Published Online: 30 August 2006
Page Count: 5
Onsekiz Mart University Faculty of Engineering and,
Süleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Engineering,
(Received 6 December 2004; accepted 28 June 2006)
The relation between seismic P and S-wave velocities, standard penetration test blow counts (SPT-N) and relative density are the subject of our research. We focused especially on variations of SPT-N versus seismic velocities and relative density versus seismic velocities. Contrary to the traditional approach, the scattered nature of the graphs led us to define the empirical relations as upper and lower bounds instead of single average curves. The values, calculated from the upper and lower limits, have large ranges and, therefore, span whole observable values of the site and geological unit. The wideness of the range between the upper and lower limit recommends that if a geotechnical parameter is required for the assessment of the soil condition; direct gathering from the field or core sample must be employed for a realistic evaluation.
Paper ID: JTE100159