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Simulating the seismic response of embankments via artificial neural networks

Yiannis Tsompanakis , Nikos Lagaros , Prodromos Psarropoulos , Evaggelos C. Georgopoulos

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Year 2009
Type of Item Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication
Bibliographic Citation Y. Tsompanakis ,N. Lagaros ,P. Psarropoulos ,E. C. Georgopoulos , " Simulating the seismic response of embankments via artificial neural networks " ,Advances in Eng. Soft., vol. 40 ,no. 8 , pp.640-651,2009.doi: 10.1016/j.advengsoft.2008.11.005
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Geotechnical earthquake engineering may generally be considered as an “imprecise” scientific area due to the unavoidable uncertainties and the simplifications adopted during the design process of geostructures. Therefore, relatively accurate predictions using advanced soft computing (SC) techniques can be tolerated rather than solving a problem conventionally. Artificial neural networks (ANNs), being one of the most popular SC techniques, have been used in many fields of science and technology, as well as, into an increasing number of earthquake engineering applications on structures and infrastructures. In this work the implementation of ANNs is focused on the simulation of the seismic response of a typical embankment. The dynamic response of the embankment is evaluated utilizing the finite-element method, where the nonlinear behavior of the geo-materials can be taken into account by an equivalent-linear procedure. In the present study, this extremely time-consuming process is replaced by properly trained ANNs.