Combination of dispersion curves from MASW measurements

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Multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) is a seismic exploration method for determination of near-surface shear wave velocity profiles based on analysis of horizontally travelling Rayleigh waves. This paper aims to propose a methodology and recommendations for combining dispersion data from several multichannel records. The dispersion curves are added up within logarithmically spaced wavelength intervals and the uncertainty of the mean phase velocity estimates is evaluated by using classical statistics and the bootstrap. The results indicate that combining multiple dispersion curves, which have been gathered by receiver spreads of different lengths (but with the same midpoint), can increase the investigation depth of the survey, improve its resolution at shallow depth and overall improve the reliability of the results as compared to the use of a single record. Moreover, the uncertainty of the combined mean dispersion curve can be determined and further used to present the shear wave velocity profile with upper and lower boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-487
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Other keywords

  • Multichannel analysis of surface waves
  • MASW
  • Dispersion curves
  • Measurement profile configuration
  • Combination
  • Stacking
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Confidence intervals
  • Bootstrap
  • Jarðskjálftaverkfræði


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