Journal Published Online: 01 November 2005
Volume 29, Issue 1

A Large Biaxial Shear Box for Shaking Table Test on Saturated Sand



A large flexible laminar shear box was developed for the study of the behavior of saturated sand, especially liquefaction, and soil-structure interactions under two-dimensional earthquake shaking on a shaking table at the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taiwan. The shear box is composed of 15 layers of aluminum alloy inner and outer frames with a specimen size of 1880 by 1880 by 1520 mm. The soil at various depths inside the shear box can move, without torsion, according to the two-dimensional wave action induced by the shaking table. The sand specimen inside the shear box is prepared by the wet sedimentation method from a large pluviation device. Instruments are installed to measure the displacements, accelerations, and water pressures at various locations. Shaking table tests of the laminar shear box with and without a sand specimen were conducted. The test results showed that the performance of the biaxial laminar box and the instrumentation are satisfactory.

Author Information

Ueng, T-S
National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Wang, M-H
Civil Engineering Section, Public Work Bureau, Ilan County Government, Ilan, Taiwan
Chen, M-H
Center for Bridge Engineering Research, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan
Chen, C-H
National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan
Peng, L-H
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Stock #: GTJ12649
ISSN: 0149-6115
DOI: 10.1520/GTJ12649