Reduction factor for liquefaction potential analysis

C. L. Ho, E. Kavazanjian

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A probabilistic method to evaluate liquefaction potential based on uniform cyclic laboratory tests is developed. In this method, a peak shear stress reduction factor and a number of uniform cycles of load are paired to yield probabilities of initial liquefaction equivalent to that from nonuniform earthquake loading. An illustrative analysis is presented for a hypothetical site. The method is then used to analyze a case study of a site known to have liquefied during the 1981 Westmorland, CA earthquake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-322
Number of pages10
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • case study
  • design
  • earthquake
  • liquefaction
  • probability
  • sand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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