Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 534968, 23 pages
Research Article

Dynamic Analysis of Partially Embedded Structures Considering Soil-Structure Interaction in Time Domain

School of Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Received 7 June 2011; Revised 8 August 2011; Accepted 12 August 2011

Academic Editor: Delfim Soares Jr.

Copyright © 2011 Sanaz Mahmoudpour et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Analysis and design of structures subjected to arbitrary dynamic loadings especially earthquakes have been studied during past decades. In practice, the effects of soil-structure interaction on the dynamic response of structures are usually neglected. In this study, the effect of soil-structure interaction on the dynamic response of structures has been examined. The substructure method using dynamic stiffness of soil is used to analyze soil-structure system. A coupled model based on finite element method and scaled boundary finite element method is applied. Finite element method is used to analyze the structure, and scaled boundary finite element method is applied in the analysis of unbounded soil region. Due to analytical solution in the radial direction, the radiation condition is satisfied exactly. The material behavior of soil and structure is assumed to be linear. The soil region is considered as a homogeneous half-space. The analysis is performed in time domain. A computer program is prepared to analyze the soil-structure system. Comparing the results with those in literature shows the exactness and competency of the proposed method.