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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 290858, 15 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/290858
Research Article

Investigation of Soil Liquefaction Potential around Efteni Lake in Duzce Turkey: Using Empirical Relationships between Shear Wave Velocity and SPT Blow Count (N)

1Geotechnical Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Duzce University, 81620 Duzce, Turkey
2Geotechnical Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Karabuk University, 78050 Karabuk, Turkey
3Geotechnical Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Bartin University, 74100 Bartin, Turkey
4Duzce Technical Science Vocational School Construction Division, Duzce University, 81620 Duzce, Turkey

Received 7 January 2014; Accepted 19 May 2014; Published 1 July 2014

Academic Editor: Gonzalo Martínez-Barrera

Copyright © 2014 Ali Ateş 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.

Abstract

Evaluation of the liquefaction potential of a liquefaction-prone area is important for geotechnical earthquake engineering, both for assessment for site selection and for planning and new constructions. The liquefaction potential index for the city of Duzce in northwestern Turkey using the empirical relationships between the Standard Penetration Test (SPT) and the Shear Wave Velocity Test ( ) was investigated in this study. After, values based on SPT blow counts ( ) were obtained from the alluvial soils in the city of Duzce. The liquefaction potential indexes of the soils were determined using the empirical relationships between the Standard Penetration Test (SPT) and the Shear Wave Velocity Test ( ) calculating for a probable earthquake of . In the result of the study, the liquefaction potential index (LPI) values were interpreted and compared evaluating the SPT blow count values obtained from the study area. Based on the empirical relationships assumed for the soils, it was observed that there was not a perfect agreement between the results of the two methods. The liquefaction potential index values using the SPT blow counts were found to be lower than those of the method.