Journal Published Online: 05 December 2014
Volume 43, Issue 2

Application of the Surface Wave Survey Method on Multi-Scale Engineering Problems: Laboratory and Field Testing Case Studies



The geometric dispersion of surface waves offers the feature to infer the properties of a medium. The surface wave survey method is under continuous evolution and its applications include the noninvasive characterization of a medium at a small scale and the earthquake geotechnical survey at a large scale. Despite the significant difference in scales, these applications generally utilize the propagation of the surface waves along the boundary of a layered medium. This paper discusses standard steps involved in surface wave surveys. Two application case studies are conducted and presented in detail. In the small scale laboratory application case, a nondestructive testing (NDT) methodology is proposed for the coating investigation using laser interferometric measurements of surface waves. In the large scale field application, an accelerometer-based passive surface wave survey is designed for earthquake geotechnical engineering site characterization. Finally, recommendations for practical application of surface waves in multi-scale engineering problems are presented.

Author Information

Dai, Kaoshan
State Key Laboratory of Disaster Reduction in Civil Engineering and College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, CN State Key Laboratory for GeoMechanics and Deep Underground Engineering, Xuzhou, CN
Song, Xuehang
Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, CN
Li, Xiaofeng
College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, CN
Huang, Zhenhua
Department of Engineering Technology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, US
Pan, Yongdong
School of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Tongji University, Shanghai, CN
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Stock #: JTE20140083
ISSN: 0090-3973
DOI: 10.1520/JTE20140083