Nuclear Engineering and Design 48 (1978) 377392 © NorthHolland Publishing Company
THE SPRING METHOD FOR EMBEDDED FOUNDATIONS
*
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Eduardo KAUSEL
Stone and WebsterEngineering Corporation, 245 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02107, USA
Robert V. WHITMAN
Department of Ovil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
Joseph P. MORRAY and Farid ELSABEE
Stone and WebsterEngineering Corporation, 245 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02107, USA
Received 1 February 1978
The paper presents simplified rules to account for embedment and soil layering in the soilstructure interaction problem, to be used in dynamic analyses. The relationship between the spring method, and a direct solution (in which both soil and structure are modeled with finite elements and linear members) is first presented. It is shown that for consistency of the results obtained with the two solution methods, the spring method should be performed in three steps. The first two steps require, in general, finite element methods, which would make the procedure unattractive. It is shown, however, that good approximations can be obtained, on the basis of onedimensional wave propagation theory for the solution of step 1, and correction factors modifying for embedment the corresponding springs of a surface footing on a layered stratum, for the solution of step 2. Use of these rules not only provides remarkable agreement with the results obtained from a full finite ele ment analysis, but results in substantial savings of computer execution and storage requirements. This frees the engineer to perform extensive studies, varying the input properties over a wide range to account for uncertainties, in particular with respect to the soil properties.
1. Introduction
In recent years a significant effort has been directed towards formulating engineering solutions to the prob lems of vibration of foundations and seismic response of buildings. The aim has been to develop practical rules and formulae to be used in dynamic analyses of structural systems, accounting for soilstructure inter action [10,28]. This problem is of special interest in the seismic analysis and design of massive buildings such as nuclear containment structures. The subgrade rigidity, or the lack of it, is often accounted for in analyses by a set of springs and dash pots, representing the soil stiffnesses. The spring con stants used are derived for the greater part from theo
* Expanded version of Paper K2/6 presented at the 4th Inter national Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology, San Francisco, California, 1519 August 1977.
retical solutions for surface footings on ideally elastic, homogeneous, isotropic halfspaces. While these solu tions apply to idealized cases of rigid plate foundations underlain by elastic halfspaces, they found wide appli cation in machine foundation design. Building founda tions, however, are usually buried to some extent beneath the surface of the ground. This embedment has in may cases considerable effect on the dynamic response of the structure, both in terms of relative frequency contents and amplitude of the resulting mo tions. Because of the complicated boundary conditions that must be satisfied in a theoretical formulation, rig orous analytical solutions for embedded foundations are nonexistent at present. It is for this reason that numerical (finite element), experimental and approxi mate analytical techniques are currently being used to provide a solution to the problem at hand for these complicated geometries. An awareness of the effects associated with embed
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ment [2,13,17,22,23,29,30], coupled with the avail ability of numerical solutions and the lack of rigorous solutions, has been the basis in recent times for dis crediting the spring method as a tool for analysis, particularly in the nuclear power industry. This is un fortunate, since the spring method constitutes a technique extremely attractive to the engineer for its reliability, economy and simplicity. The detraction of the spring method has been argued by some researchers on the basis of comparisons between the classical halfspace spring method, and the more involved finite element solutions. Many of these comparisons are not meaningful, since they are based on inappropriate values for both the 'spring constant' and the 'support motion'. In fact, the spring method and finite element solutions can be shown to be math ematically equivalent; if they are classified as different, it is because of inconsistencies in their implementation. It is the purpose of this paper to show the relation ship between a more general spring method and the solutions provided by direct finite element procedures. At the same time, practical rules for use in dynamic analyses will be presented and applied to particular examples.
2. The basic superposition theorem
With reference to fig. 1, we assume that the general equations of motion of a structurefoundation system are given by the matrix equation
MU+CY
+KY = O,
(1)
where M, C, K are the system mass, damping and stiff ness matrices; U and Y are the absolute and relative displacement with respect to some general ground
\\\\\\\\\\\\\
MASSLESS STRUCTURE
COMPLETE 
KINEMATIC 
DYNAMIC 
SOLUTION 
INTERACTION 
INTERACTION 
Fig. 1. Superposition theorem.
reference system. The solution of this equation is equi valent to the solution of the two matrix equations [13]
MI[) 1 +C};"1 + KY 1 = 0
and
(2)
MY2 + CY 2 + KY2 
= 
M2~rl 
, 
(3) 

where 
U1 = Y1 + Ug, U = U1 + Y2, 
Y = Y1 + Y2, and 
M = M 1 +M 2. M 1 excludes the mass of the structure,
while 342 excludes the mass of the soil. Ug is some generalized ground motion vector. The equivalence of (2) with (1) is demonstrated by simple addition. In eq. (2) the response of the massless structure is found first and will be referred to as the kinematic interaction. The results of this step are then used in eq. (3), which shall define the inertial interaction, and which is solved by application of fictitious inertia forces applied to the structure alone.
In the solution of the second step, it is irrelevant whether the soil is modeled with finite elements, or equivalently, with a (farcoupled) matrix of stiffness functions modeling the subgrade, and defined at the
soilstructure interface. These stiffness functions can
be 
regarded as resulting from a dynamic condensation 
of 
all the degrees of freedom in the soil (a frequency 
domain solution is implied).
For the particular situation where the combination foundationstructure is very rigid, it becomes legiti mate to replace the matrix of stiffness functions by the overall vertical, torsional, rocking and swaying stiffness functions, i.e. by frequency dependent 'springs' and 'dashpots'. It follows also that the solution of the kinematic interaction phase is completely defined by the rotations and translations of the massless structure, which moves as a rigid body. Hence, one can replace the massless structure in eq. (2) by a rigid massless foundation, subjected to the same ground excitation
as the original system.
Also, a more careful examination of eq. (3) will show that the solution Y2 can be regarded as a vector
of displacements relative to a fictitious support, while
the rigid body translations and rotations of the mass less foundations in eq. (2) are the equivalent support motion. Provided that the assumption of rigid foundation is pertinent, it is therefore valid to break the solution into three steps [13] (see also fig. 2). (1) Determination of the motion of the massless
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KINEMATIC INTERACTION
AFV
+
SUBGRADE IMPEDANCES
_(kxx kx, ?
Klk,
,l
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,\\\\\\\\\\\\\
YG 
% 

TOTAL SOLUTION 
= 
0 
~\\\\\\\\\\\\\
+
®
+
Fig. 2. The threestep solution.
®
rigid foundation, when subjected to the same input motion as the total solution. This is the solution of eq. (2). For an embedded foundation it will yield, in general, both translations and rotations. (2) Determination of the frequency dependent subgrade stiffnesses for the relevant degrees of free dom. This step yields the socalled soil 'springs'. (3) Computation of the response of the real struc ture supported on frequency dependent soil springs, and subjected at the base of these springs to the mo tion computed in (1). Notice that the only approximation involved in this approach concerns the deformability of the struc tural foundation. If this foundation were rigid, the solution of this procedure would be identical to that of the direct (or onepass) approach (assuming, of course, consistent definitions of the motion and the same numerical procedures). The superposition principle is valid only for a linear system. While the modulus and damping of the soil are strain dependent, studies [ 16] have shown that most of the nonlinearity occurs as a result of the earthquake motion, and not as a result of softstruc ture interaction. Thus, the soil properties consistent with the levels of strain in the free field (i.e. before the structure has been built) may be used in steps 1 and 2 without further modification to account for the additional strains imposed by the structure. The first two steps require, in general, finite ele ment methods, and thus it might appear that the three
step method has no advantage as compared to consid ering both kinematic and inertial interaction together in a single step. However, reasonable approximations can be obtained on the basis of onedimensional wave propagation theory for the solution of step 1, and cor rection factors modifying the corresponding springs of a surface footing on a layered stratum to take into account embedment effects, for the solution of step 2. Use of these rules not only provides remarkable agreement with the results obtained from a full finite element analysis, but results in substantial savings of computer execution and storage requirements. This frees the engineer to perform extensive studies, vary ing the input properties over a wide range to account for uncertainties, in particular with respect to the soil properties. Also, deviations from axial symmetry may be introduced into the model of the structure in step 3 (which means that a torsional 'spring' and 'dashpot' must be evaluated in step 2) and the effect of changes in the mass and stiffness of the structure be evaluated without having to rerun and entire analysis.
3. The substructure theorem
A useful and illustrative alternative formulation of the superposition theorem can be obtained using the substructure technique. This approach leads to a set of equations relating the free field solution with ficti tious forces applied at the foundation of the structure
[4,9].
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STRUCTURE
s?,,
Lb
O
2~
O)SOIL STRUCTURE
INTERACTION
PROBLEM
~r
b)
FREE
L~
FIELD
Fig. 3. Substructure theorem.
g
PROBLEM
r
Consider a finite element discretization of the soil structure system as shown in fig. 3a. The soil and the structure have been separated, and equilibrium enforced by application of the internal forces Pb, Pf. The model is subjected to an arbitrary excitation (in the form of specified displacements) along the boundary. Fig. 3b depicts the discretization of the 'free field' problem, that is, the situation that would exist if no structure had been built. The 'structure' in this case represents the excavated portion of soil. For a solution in the frequency domain, the matrix equations relating forces and displacements are of the
form (~2M + i~2C + K) U = P, where M is
matrix, C is the damping matrix, and K the stiffness matrix. P and U are the force and displacement vec
tors, while ~2 is
For the sake of simplicity, the frequency depen dent complex submatrices of the dynamic stiffness matrix Kd = K + i~C  ~2M will be denoted by sub scripted K. The forcedisplacement relationship for the various substructures shown in fig. 3a,b are then:
the mass
the driving frequency.
(a) structure:
/ ss
{Kbs KbbJ
Ub
/ {0/
=
Pb
;
(4)
(b) subgrade, including soilstructure interaction
Kff KfgKfrltefI IPfl
ggfgggKgr~ :}=i~;
Krf Krg Krr)
(5)
(c) subgrade, free field solution
Kff
i~];;
Kfg
Kfr] [Ut*t
[P~]
/ggK:ift;if=lOf.
Krg
(0}
The subindices above refer to the following: s, for the nodes of the structure, excluding the soilstructure interface; b, for the nodes of the structure along the interface; f, for the nodes of the soil along the same interface; g, for the nodes of the soil, excluding the interface and the boundaries; and r, for the nodes along the boundary. The asterisk refers to the free field solution. Notice that both tile 'free field' problem and the soilstructure interaction problem are subjected to the same excitation Ur. However, in general Pr 4: Pr:
unless tile boundary is far away from the structure. Subtracting (6) from (5) leads to
Kff Kfg Kfr][gfU~)
PfP~t
KI:KggK~itUg U;t(0
Condensing the matrix equation above then gives
X( Uf
u;)
= &

p~
,
(s )
where X = X(~) is the subgrade impedance matrix. On the other hand, equilibrium and compatibility require that Pf = Pb, P~ = Pt~, Uf = Ub, U~ = UI~ so that
X(Ub 
Ub) = Pb  P~ = Pb  Pb •
_{(}_{9}_{)}
Substitution of (9) into (4) then yields
Kbs Kbb + X
XU~ +P~
'
which states that the solution to the soilstructure interaction problem can be obtained (for the structure) by application of fictitious forces Pb = P~ +XU~ at the foundationsoil interface. P~ and U~ are once again the 'free field' forces and displacements along this interface, and can easily be computed for a num
ber of cases, e.g. layered soil systems subjected to seis
mic waves propagating at any arbitrary
31 ]. However, the subgrade impedance matrix X is not easily obtainable, except for the particular case of
angle [ 11, 27,
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zero embedment [3,8,32]. For ideally rigid embedded foundations, the components of the displacement vector Ub can be expressed in terms of the rigid body displacements and rotations of the foundation, defined at some point (for instance, the centroid of the base):
Ub = TUo,
(1 1)
where Tis the rigid body transformation matrix, and Uo contains the rigid body displacements and rotations. Nodal forces Pb and foundation forces P0 are similarly related:
Po = TTpb = TT(p~ + XU~). 
(12) 

For a plane condition, 

U0 = (u, o, 
~b}T, 
Po = 
(H, 
V, 114}T . 

Combining eqs. (10), (11) and (12) finally gives 

0 

[ TTKbs TT(Kbb + X) 

(13) 

Inspection of eq. (13) reveals that 

K o = TTXT 
(14) 
is the subgrade stiffness matrix containing the (gener ally coupled, frequency dependent) soil 'springs'. Also, TT(p~ + XU~) is a vector containing the overall forces and moments of the fictitious forces P~ + XU~. Unfortunately, it is not possible to express TTXU~ in terms of the subgrade stiffness matrix K o in the general case. However, for foundations with no embedment, and under the additional assumption of vertically prop agating waves, such a relation is indeed possible.
4. Dynamic response of embedded foundations
The following statements can now be made, concern ing the dynamic response of embedded foundation sys tems in layered, viscoelastic halfspaces, in view of eqs. (2), (3) and (13). (i) Kinematic interaction (wave passage) effects are always present in embedded foundations, whether the seismic waves propagate vertically or not. An assess ment of these effects can be made either directly (solv ing eq. (2)), or using eq. (13). The former is as expen sive as the direct solution, of eq. (1), and therefore, not attractive. The latter procedure requires knowl
edge of the subgrade impedance matrix X, which gener ally is not readily available. However, ifX is known, and the foundation is rigid, the response of the system can easily be obtained with eq. (13) by application of the fictitious forces Po, or alternatively, through a 'support' motion which follows from Ko 1TT(p~ + XUf*). If the foundation is not rigid, no such equivalent sup port motion exists, and eq. (1) or (10) is to be used. (ii) For surface foundations (no embedment), kine matic interaction effects vanish only if the seismic waves propagate vertically. For an arbitrary seismic environment, wave passage effects can efficiently be handled with the aid of eq. (13), as severa! algorithms
are available for the determination of the impedance matrix X [3,8,32]. Again, if the foundation is not rigid (for instance, a dam), no equivalent support motion can be defined for arbitrary spatial variations of the seismic motion.
(iii) Whenever wave passage effects are present, their
determination requires knowledge of the subgrade im pedance matrix X, or alternatively, a solution of eq. (2), which is as elaborate as the direct solution of eq. (1).
The availability of the subgrade stiffness matrix Ko is not sufficient for this purpose. Note, however, that the subgrade impedance matrix X and the subgrade stiffness matrix Ko are independent of the seismic environment (except for possible nonlinear effects, which are not being considered here). Therefore, para metric studies can easily be conducted once any of these matrices is available.
(iv) Many comparisons performed in the past
between direct finite element and 'lumped spring' solutions for soilstructure interaction were inconsis tent and gave discrepant results because (a) the spring 'constants' used did not account for embedment, and (b) the support motion used did not account for kine matic interaction; the free field motion was applied instead directly under the subgrade springs.
5. Approximate solution for circular, embedded
foundations
The solutions presented in the following sections have been obtained with a threedimensional axisym metric finite element formulation. A fundamental feature of the program used is the exact representation of the model boundary (fig. 4) which separates the
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Fig. 4. Finite element idealization of masslessfoundation.
finite element region from the semiinfinite continuum (the free field). This consistent energy transmitting boundary was developed for the plane strain case by Waas and Lysmer [20,34], and was extended to the threedimensional case by the first author [12,14]. In essence, it can be regarded as a virtual extension of the finite element mesh to infinity, and can be placed without loss of accuracy immediately next to the foun dation.
6. Approximations to the kinematic interaction
Both the direct solution and the first phase of the spring method start normally with the specification of
a uniform motion along the bottom boundary. They assume, therefore, that the motion is known at bed rock. Furthermore, since the motion is uniform along the rocksoil interface, the validity of onedimensional amplification theory is implied as a fundamental assumption. In the following section it will be assumed that the motion which the ground experiences before any structure (or hypothetical massless foundation) has been built, can be described by means of one dimensional wave propagation theory. The control motion, i.e. the specified earthquake record, will be assumed to take place at the free surface in the 'free field'. Motions at other points in the free field can be obtained by the socalled 'deconvolution' process which makes use of onedimensional wave propagation theory. Since onedimensional wave amplification theory is well understood [26,27], a description of this theory will be omitted here. During a seismic excitation, an embedded, massless, circular, rigid foundation will experience two plane symmetric displacement modes. The first one is a trans lational motion, which contributes the major portion of the excitation to the structure in the third step of the analysis; it is caused by the overall translation of the subgrade. The second type is a rotational motion, caused mainly by the shearing stresses developed along the sidewallsoil interface. These shearing stresses result from the differential horizontal translation of the soil in the embedment region (fig. 5) producing a 'pseudo rotation' of the soil. The foundation, on the other hand, being rigid, cannot defbrm in this manner, and as a result it will rotate. This rotation is mainly resisted by the subgrade stiffness acting on the mat and sidewalls. The third author investigated the kinematic interac tion problem in a parametric study [21] using a suite of embedment ratios E/R and stratum ratios H/R, covering a range of values typically found in nuclear
MASSLESS
FOUNDATION
~1t
,~\~~.\\\\\\\~\\\\\\\,
BEDROCK
FREE FIELO
UA= I (HARMONIC1
I' 
/ 
/' 
/ 

f / 
/ 
/ 
/ 
/
//
/I i/
/
i
/L.L
l
/
F~
/
/
//
s~
/
//I/z
/'
i
st
/
# ~,
/
/
//
/
~a
=
uA UB
E
Fig. 5. Kinematic interaction problem.
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reactor design. He found that the translation of the massless foundation is similar to the translation of the free field at the foundation level, except that the Fourier spectrum of the former is smoother: it does not show the pronounced absence of frequency com ponents at the resonant shear beam frequencies of the soil column in the embedment region (for uniform soil properties above the foundation level, these would be given by fr = (1 + 2n) Cs/4E, where Cs is the shear wave velocity, E is the depth of embedment, and n
= 0,
rienced by the foundation can be related to the pseudo rotation in the free field, i.e. to the differential dis
placement between the free surface and the founda tion level, divided by the embedment depth. In the following sections a summary of the parametric study will be presented, and rules to approximate the kine matic interaction will be proposed. More details can be found in ref. [21]. With reference to fig. 5, a unit harmonic displace ment was specified at the free surface, and deconvolved to bedrock. Using the finite element program, fre quency dependent transfer functions u, ¢ for the dis placement and rotation of the massless foundation relative to the motion at the free surface were deter mined. Similarly, the frequency dependent transfer
1, 2
). On the other hand, the rotation expe
functions for the displacement in the free field at the elevation of the foundation, and for the pseudorota tion of the free field
~bB(~)= uAUB_Iu B
E
E
'
(lS)
were computed. Typical results are shown in fig. 6.
The transfer functions u
compared for a range of embedment and stratum depth values, and rules to approximate these functions were suggested [21 ]. A simplified version of these rules is given below. Let F(I2) be the Fourier transform of the accelera tion at the free surface in the free field (in most cases, the design earthquake). The translation and rotation of the massless, rigid foundation are then given approx imately by
and Un, @and @B were then
/J = IFT
IF(a)Fco(s~Tf ~l iff<,O.7fn,
L
\2fn]J'
(16a)
tF(~)
[0.453],
iff>
0.7 fn;
= IFT
~F(~) [0.257/R]
(~b"is positive clockwise)
2fn/
iff>fn,
(16b)
10
08
N
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t.~.~.
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06 

04 

02 

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5 
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12 
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f(Hz)
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g
07
g 06
t.u
d 05
o
04
OI 
02 
03 
04 
05 
06 
07 
C 
PER(OD 
(SEC} 
Fig. 7. Motion of massless foundation, response spectra, 1% oscillator damping.
where IFT stands for inverse Fourier transformation; fn is the fundamental shear beam frequency of the
embedment region (for uniform soil properties in the
embedment
with Cs being the shear wave velocity, and E the depth of embedment). The expression in square brackets describes an approximation to the transfer functions for the translation and rotation of the massless foun dation. For surface footings, E = 0, fn = 0% and cos 0 = 1; it follows that no kinematic interaction takes place for this case. The procedure described yields satisfactory results for a wide range of embedment ratios, see for instance fig. 7 which shows the response spectra for the case depicted in fig. 6. It should be noted, however, that the rotational component is sensitive to the lateral soil conditions, and particularly to the flexibility of the lateral walls. For flexible sidewalls the actual rota tion is significantly smaller, and in the extreme case of
region, this value is given by fn = Cs/4E
no sidewalls, the rotation even changes sign.
7. Approximations for the stiffness functions
As with the kinematic interaction, the values of the subgrade stiffness function (impedance functions) depend only on the geometric configuration of the foundation and on the properties of the founding soil. These functions can be evaluated using analytical, exper imental or numerical methods.
Before turning to numerical methods, the engineer should consider whether the desired functions might be available in the literature. Analytic solutions to many problems have been obtained; many of these are available in useful form in the book by Richart et al. [24], Erden [6] provides a very extensive bibliography of other available solutions as well as a description of the conditions assumed for each. Luco and Westmann [ 18] investigated the vertical, horizontal, torsional, and rocking modes of excitation of a circular plate on an elastic halfspace for a wide range of frequencies. Veletsos and Wei [33] presented numerical results for compliance and stiffness functions for the rocking and sliding modes of a circular disk on an elastic halfspace. Luco [19] extended his previous formulation to solve the case of circular foundations on layered halfspaces, and presented results for a single layer underlain by elastic rock. Gazetas [7] developed an analytical solu tion for strip footings and rectangular foundations on layered halfspaces or layered strata, for the rocking, sliding, vertical, and torsional modes. All these solu tions can be mathematically exact, although some times small approximations are introduced (smooth versus rough footing). While these solutions apply only to surface foundations, studies with the finite element method [15] seem to indicate that the frequency variation of these functions is not very different for embedded foundations. The main effect of embed ment seems to be an overall increase in the stiffness values over the entire frequency range. This would allow use of the finite element techniques just for the static case, with considerable savings. It would also seem that good approximate relationships can be ob tained to account for the increase in stiffness in terms of two embedment ratios: depth of embedment to depth of stratum, and depth of embedment to radius of foundation. Experimental results are less easily obtained than theoretical and analytic ones, so the literature is less extensive. Erden [6] describes results from a broad experimental program, and also gives a comprehensive bibliography of other experimental work. The results presented in this paper are based on parametric studies performed by the fourth writer to determine approximate expressions for stiffness func tions of circular, embedded foundations[5]. For each particular geometry, the static values were evaluated with two or three meshes (a fine, a standard, and a
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coarse mesh), and the results were corrected for mesh size error in a manner similar to that described in
ref. [ 15].
zontal translation and rotation (rockingswaying) of
a rigid, circular embedded foundation in a homoge
neous stratum. For this particular case, the force dis
placement relationship can be written
The study was limited to the coupled hori
tKc~x K~)
where H = the horizontal force;M = the rocking mo ment; and u, q~= the corresponding displacements (rotations). The elements Kxx, Kx~, Ke~ of the stiff ness matrix depend on the frequency of excitation f2 of the forces (moments). Since these forces and the resulting displacements are generally not in phase with each other, these elements are complex functions of frequency. Each stiffness function is of the form
Ko(1 + 2i13)(k + iaoc), where Ko = the static stiffness;
/3 = a measure of the internal damping in the soil (of a
hysteri~tic nature); i = x/ 1; and ao = the dimension less frequency = f2R/Cs. (f2 is the circular frequency of the motion and excitation, R the radius of the foundation slab, and Cs a reference shear wave velocity.) k, c = frequency dependent coefficients normalized with respect to the static stiffness. The coefficient c is related to the energy loss by radiation. Using the program described earlier, the dynamic stiffness functions were computed for a range of em
bedment and stratum depth ratios, and written as described above as:
Kxx =K°x(kll +iaoc11) (1 + 2i3),
Kx~ =K°e~(k12+iaoc12) 
(1 
+ 2i/3), 
(18) 
K¢¢ = K~;b(k22 + iaoc22 ) 
(1 
+ 2i/3). 
Analysis of the results obtained then provided the fol lowing approximations to the static values K°x, K°e~, K~, and to the dynamic stiffness coefficients kl 1, k12, k22, Cll, Cl2, c22 (modified from ref. [51]):
8GR
/' +IR~(I+~)(I+5E 2E
/~xx = C~[12
211]
~
4H]'
d
l~xo =KxxR (5 E
o
2
0.03)
(~ is positive clockwise)
K~'
= 3(1

v) [1
611/
(19)
In these formulae G = the shear modulus of the soil underneath the mat; R = the radius of the foundation; E = the depth of embedment; H = the depth to bed rock; and v = Poisson's ratio. Also,
kl 1, k22 halfspace solution (i.e. ref. [33])
=(0.65/3~/(1
(1

213) ~2),
for ~ = ao/aol ~
1,
¢11 
l[Halfspace solution for ao > aol = (rr/2)(R/H), 

=/0.5013~/(1 
 
(1 
 
2/3) ~2), 
for ~ = ao/ao2 <~1, 

c22 
tHalfspace solution for ao > ao2 = aol Cp/Cs, 
k12
= kll
,
c12
= Cll
,
(20)
where/3 = the internal (hysteretic) damping in the soil; Cp, Cs = the dilatational wave and shear wave veloci ties in the subgrade, and aol, ao2 = the (nondimen sional) fundamental shear beam and dilatation fre quencies of the stratum (defined above for uniform soil properties). As can be seen, the frequency variation of the stiff ness functions has been approximated by that of the halfspace, except for c 1 and c2 in the low frequency range. Fig. 8a and b show a comparison of the 'true' stiffness coefficients with the approximation given above for E/R = 1, H/R = 3, v = ~,/3 = 0.05, while fig. 9a and b give a closeup of the cl and c 2 functions in the low frequency range, i.e. below the fundamental resonant frequencies of the stratum. On the other hand, fig. 10 shows a similar low frequency closeup for a surface footing with H/R = 2, v = 1 and a range of hysteretic damping ratios, while fig. 11 presents corresponding results for various stratum depths. Finally, fig. 12 shows a comparison of the 'true' cou pling term versus the approximation suggested. Except for the stiffness coefficient kll, which dis plays a somewhat wavy nature, the suggested approx imation for the stiffness and damping coefficients pro vide reasonable substitutes for the true functions. It can be observed that the radiation damping coefficients cl, c2 are larger for the embedded case than for the
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1.0
05
Cll
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k]zl
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8. Dynamic
stiffness
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387
.,,
~fo
ratio h = Kx~/Kxx is essentially a real quantity inde
pendent of frequency. Physically, it represents the height of the center of stiffness, i.e. the location above the mat at which a force must be specified in order to
produce only a translation. The approximation sug gested for the coupling term implies that the height of the center of stiffness is approximately onethird of the embedment depth. The jump in the damping coefficients c1, c2 in the neighborhood of the stratum resonant frequencies fol
lows from the fact that, in a lossless medium, no energy can be radiated away below these critical frequencies
[1]. Further studies and improvement in the approxi mation of these functions in the low frequency range are desirable, although they are not important when ever the fundamental rockingswaying frequency is greater than the shearbeam frequency of the stratum. Useful approximations to the halfspace stiffness and damping coefficients can be obtained as follows,
I
I
OIO
I
I
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I
I
020
I
025
fO
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surface footing; therefore, the suggested procedure should give conservative results for an embedded struc ture. On the other hand, the lack of agreement of k] ]
is not important in practical situations since (1) rock ing is typically more important in soilstructure inter action problems, and (2) at intermediate and high fre quencies the response is controlled by damping (13,c11,
c22 ) and the
to the mass of the structure and the square of the fre
quency). On the other hand, fig. 12 shows that the
structural inertia (which is proportional
h= Kx4'
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5 

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c,:O 576 

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2 
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05 
~ 0 
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k=2: 1O2o0 

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/ 
v : 045 

0 

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',, 
,2, 
, 
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Halfspace stiffness and damping coefficients vs. approx
Fig. 12. Cross coupling term, case (b) in fig. 8.
imation (halfspace values aTterVeletsos and Wei [33]).
388
see fig. 13:
kl1
k22
=
=
1,
1

0.2 a o
{0.5
1 0.2a
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(a o ~< 2.5),
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^{(}^{2}^{1}^{)}
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Radius of cylinder 
R 
= 
70 
ft 

Height of center 
of mass 
Yo 
= 
80 
ft 

Total mass 
m 
= 3086 
Kslug 
Mass moment
of inertia
with respect to center of mass
Mass moment
of inertia
I 0
=
15.15 • 106
Kslug ft 2
I
= 34.90
•
106
Kslug ft 2
Cli 
= 0.576, 
with respect to center 
c= 
= 0.3 a2/(1 +a2o). 
of base 
Additional research is needed to extend the range of application of the approximate formulae. In particular, it is desirable to develop similar formulae for the ver tical and torsional degree of freedom of embedded, circular foundations.
8. Soilstructure interaction problem
Once the input motion and the base impedances are known, the last step is reduced to a simple dynamic analysis of a multidegreeoffreedom system. The 'stiff ness' and 'damping' terms can be added directly to the corresponding terms for the structure in a solution in the frequency domain. A time domain solution, and a modal solution in particular, offer a simpler physical interpretation of the results. They require, however, frequency independent stiffness and damping coeffi cients, and for the latter, in addition, the existence of normal modes. Several approximations are then introduced. (i) The soil springs and dashpots are assumed fre quency independent. The constant values can be (a) the static values, or (b) the values at a frequency cor responding to the fundamental frequency of the com bined soilstructure system. This last option requires a trialanderror procedure. (ii) The existence of normal modes is assumed. To compute the values of effective damping in each mode, weighted averages of the internal damping in the dif ferent components are combined. Several methods have been suggested to obtain weighted modal damp ings; see for instance Ro6sset et al. [25].
9. Example of application
To illustrate the usefulness of the approximate pro cedures suggested in this paper, an idealized model of
a nuclear containment structure was analyzed, using the proposed rules, and compared to the 'exact' solu tion. To keep matters simple, the structure was modeled as a rigid cylinder, with the properties as given in table 1 (see also fig. 14). The structure is embedded 70 ft in a homogeneous stratum of depth H = 140 ft, Poisson's ratio u = 1, specific weight 7 = 0.12 kcf, and having a shear wave velocity Cs = 700 ft/s. The situation is similar to that shown in fig. 6 if the massless foundation is replaced by the idealized structure. The control motion (see also fig. 7) is an artificial earthquake record rich in all frequencies, specified at the free surface in the free field, and having a peak acceleration of 0.125 g. The shear modulus of the soil for this case is G = 1830 ksf, while the shear beam and dilatational frequencies of the stratum are 1.25 and 2.50 Hz, respectively. For
Fig. 14. Idealized model used in example.
050 
050 
040 
040 
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TRUE
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,
i
080
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, 
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PERIOD (SEC.) 

Fig. 15. Response spectrum 
at matsoil 
interface, 
1% oscillator damping. 

200' 

a) 
APPROXIMATE 
MOTION, 

TRUE 
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i:n 
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g 

100 

I 
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PERIOD 
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c) APPROXIMATE 
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d)TRUE MOTION (TRANSLATIONAL 

COMPONENT ONLY),TRUE STIFFNESSES 

I 
I 
i 
I 
I 
I 
I 
I 
I 
I 
Ii 
0 
I 
I 
I 
I 
I 
1 
I 
I 
I 
I 
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0.20 
040 
060 
0.80 
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of top of structure, 
1% oscillator damping. 
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these conditions, use of eqs. (19) gives the following static stiffness matrix for the foundation, relative to the center of the base:
K[ 
2.079 
53.85 / 

t53.85 
11040.00]" 
106" 
The 'exact' static stiffness matrix (not shown) is almost identically the same. The coupled rockingswaying frequencies follow then from the characteristic equa tion det {K  4nZf2M) = 0, where M is the mass matrix
my o
I
30 6
)(246.92
469 /
34900.
)
Solution of the secular equation yields a fundamental frequency fl = 2.78 Hz. If this value is used to recom pute the stiffness matrix to account for frequency dependence, a new number for the natural frequency can be calculated. Repeating the process until conver gence is established gives a final value f= 2.37 Hz when using the approximate stiffness coefficients given by eqs. (20). This natural frequency is below the resonant dilatational frequency of the stratum (2.5 Hz), so that low radiation damping values can be expected. Figs. 15 and 16 show a comparison between the 'true' solution (using the true stiffness functions and the true support motion) and the solution obtained using (a) the approximate motion and the true stiff nesses, (b) the true motion and the approximate stiff nesses, (c) the approximate motion and the approxi mate stiffnesses, and (d) the translational component of the true motion only, and the true stiffnesses. In all cases the analyses were performed in the fre quency domain, determining time histories by convo lution of the transfer functions and the Fourier trans forms of the input motions. The 'true motion' (a trans lation and rotation) and the 'true stiffnesses' were determined with the finite element program mentioned earlier. As a check, the structure was also modeled with finite elements and the response computed directly. The results so obtained were identical to the 'true solu tion' referred above, thus demonstrating the validity of the threestep solution. Inspection of figs. 15 and 16 reveals that the approx imate procedure suggested, while not exactly dupli cating the 'exact' solution, provides remarkable agree ment for the response spectra at the structural eleva tions shown. In particular, figs. 15a and 16a show that
the simplified support motion is an excellent substitute for the more difficult to determine true motion. Figs. 15b, c and 16b, c, on the other hand, reveal that the actual embedded foundation has a somewhat larger value of radiation damping than the one predicted by the approximate formulae. This was expected, because the radiation damping coefficients Cl, c2 of an em bedded foundation are larger than those of the corre sponding surface foundation. While further research could narrow the differences between true and approx imate stiffnesses, the procedure gives satisfactory results, particularly considering all sources of uncer tainty affecting the problem. Additional studies made with deeper strata, in which the resonant shear beam and dilatational frequencies of the stratum were smaller than the fundamental rockingswaying frequency of the soilstructure system, revealed an even better agreement between true and approximate solutions. On the other hand, analyses made using the classical halfspace springs and limiting the damping to 10% critical, and/or subjecting the system to the control motion directly under the springs, gave results in gross disagreement with the direct (or true) solution.
10. Conclusions
It was the purpose of this paper to illustrate the
connection between direct finite element procedures
for the evaluation of soilstructure interaction effects in an embedded structure and a more general spring method that accounts for embedment in the founda tion stiffnesses and the support motion. At the same time, approximate rules were proposed for embedded, circular foundations, which greatly simplify the use of the spring method while providing results in good agreement with the more involved 'exact' solution.
A number of comparative studies indicate that it
is more important to reproduce correctly the static stiffnesses than their complete frequency variation. It is also worth noticing that the increase in stiffness due to embedment is very sensitive to the properties of the lateral soft, which may be disturbed, and to the degree of adhesion of the lateral walls to the soil. Con sidering, in addition, the uncertainties in the soil prop erties and its nonlinear behavior, it is clear that engi neering judgement is needed in the selection of the most appropriate model, and that parametric studies,
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391
varying the assumed conditions within reasonable limits, are advisable. This, of course, is equally true whether the analysis is carried out in a single step (one pass method) or in three steps, as suggested here. lhe spring method has the advantage of being less timeconsuming when approximations are used for the kinematic interaction problem. It allows, therefore, more parametric studies, and the accuracy of each step is subject to better control. Of particular importance is the possibility of this method to make use of sym metry or cylindrical conditions if the foundation meets these requirements, even if the structure does not (which is a frequent situation). The coupling between the corresponding terms will come in natu rally in the third step. From a practical standpoint, the procedure has an additional advantage when the design motion is specified by a broad band response spectrum not tailored to the soil conditions at the site. If the direct approach is applied to such a case, deam plification of certain frequency components with depth resulting from the use of one single wave pattern (i.e. vertically propagating waves) could lead to unconser vative estimates for the motions of the structure. Under such conditions it may be better to regard the design motion as an 'average' motion in the vicinity of the structure, and to use it directly as input to step 3. Alternatively, the approximate procedure could be generalized to account for nonvertically incident body waves and surface waves which can introduce torsional components of motion even in perfectly axisymmetric structural systems.
Acknowledgements.
This paper is based in part on the graduate theses of J. Morray and F. Elsabee at the Massachusetts Insti tute of Technology, and on research and calculations performed in the Engineering Mechanics Division of Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation. Special thanks are due to Prof. J.M. Ro6sset for his useful criticism and to Mr. C.F. Reeves for his encouragement and support of the Engineer Resident Program which made this study possible.
Notation
ao 
= dimensionless frequency (D,R/Cs) 
c 
= damping coefficient 
C 
= damping matrix 
Cs 
= shear wave velocity 
Cp 
= dilatational wave velocity 
E 
= depth of embedment 
f 
= frequency 
F 
= Fourier transform of input earthquake 
g 
= acceleration of gravity 
G 
= shear modulus 
h 
= height of center of stiffness 
H 
= horizontal force; depth of stratum 
i 
= imaginary unit (X/1) 
I 
= mass moment of inertia 
k 
= stiffness coefficient 
K 
= stiffness matrix 
m 
= mass 
M 
= mass matrix 
M 
= moment (positive clockwise) 
P 
= force vector 
R 
= radius of foundation 
T 
= rigid body transformation matrix 
u 
= horizontal displacement 
U 
= absolute displacement vector 
o 
= vertical displacement 
V 
= vertical force 
X 
= impedance matrix 
Y 
= relative displacement vector 
/3 
= damping ratio 
= Poisson's ratio 

= rotation (positive clockwise) 

~2 
= circular frequency = 21rf 
^{S}^{u}^{p}^{e}^{r}^{s}^{c}^{r}^{i}^{p}^{t}^{s} 

T 
= transpose 
= derivative with respect to time
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