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Dispersion and Attenuation Curves

REFERENCE: Rix, G. J., Lai, C. G., and Foti, S., Simultaneous Nazarian 1984; Snchez-Salinero 1987; Rix 1988; Stokoe et al.

Measurement of Surface Wave Dispersion and Attenuation 1989). Traditionally, differences in phase between pairs of re-

Curves, Geotechnical Testing Journal, GTJODJ, Vol. 24, No. 4, ceivers have been used to construct a dispersion curve showing the

December 2001, pp. 350358.

variation in surface wave velocity with frequency. This dispersion

curve is inverted to obtain a shear wave velocity profile. More re-

ABSTRACT: In existing surface wave test procedures, experi-

mental dispersion and attenuation curves are determined separately cently, Rix et al. (2000) used surface wave measurements to deter-

(i.e., uncoupled) using different source-receiver configurations and mine the material damping ratio profile of a layered soil deposit. In

different interpretation methods. A new procedure based on dis- a manner similar to velocity measurements, an attenuation curve is

placement transfer functions is proposed in which dispersion and at- constructed from the observed spatial attenuation of Rayleigh wave

tenuation data are derived simultaneously (i.e., coupled) from a sin-

gle set of measurements using the same source-receiver array. The amplitudes and then inverted to obtain the shear damping ratio

new approach is motivated by the recognition that in dissipative me- profile. In these studies, however, the measurement and analysis

dia, Rayleigh phase velocity and attenuation are not independent as procedures used to obtain the shear wave velocity and material

a result of material dispersion. Therefore, a coupled analysis of dis- damping ratio profiles at a site were performed separately (i.e., un-

persion and attenuation is a more robust, fundamentally correct ap- coupled). This practice ignores the close relationship between ve-

proach. The new approach is also more consistent with coupled in-

version techniques to obtain the shear wave velocity and shear locity and attenuation that exists in a linear viscoelastic material

damping ratio profiles. The proposed approach is illustrated using (Lai 1998).

data measured at a site in Atlanta, Georgia. Lai (1998) and Rix and Lai (1998) developed a method to si-

multaneously invert experimental dispersion and attenuation

KEYWORDS: dispersion, attenuation, surface wave, Rayleigh curves to obtain the shear wave velocity and shear damping ratio

wave, SASW, shear wave velocity, material damping ratio profiles at a site. The technique is based on the application of a

newly developed algorithm for the solution of the strongly coupled

Rayleigh wave eigenproblem in linear viscoelastic media. How-

Engineers, geophysicists, and seismologists often use surface

ever, the dispersion and attenuation curves were still measured sep-

waves for material characterization across a broad range of scales

arately. In a consistent, coupled approach to surface wave testing

from the near surface to the whole of the earths crust. Surface

the dispersion and attenuation curves should be both measured and

waves include both Rayleigh and Love waves; however, the meth-

inverted simultaneously. This paper presents a new experimental

ods used for near-surface site characterization utilize Rayleigh

procedure suited to this purpose. The technique is based on the use

waves almost exclusively. Surface wave tests are becoming more

of the concept of displacement transfer function between the source

widely used in geotechnical engineering, primarily because they

and a linear array of receivers. When combined with the above-

are noninvasive and, hence, do not require the use of boreholes or

mentioned coupled inversion technique, the new procedure consti-

probes. This aspect of the test is essential for certain types of site

tutes a robust tool for engineering site characterization.

investigations (Stokoe et al. 1988; Rix et al. 1998) and allows the

The paper is organized in three sections: First, the techniques

determination of soil parameters of fundamental interest for static

currently used in conventional surface wave testing for both dis-

(Burland 1989) and dynamic (Dobry 1991) engineering applica-

persion and attenuation measurements are reviewed. Then the new

tions. Surface wave measurement techniques consist of both active

approach in which the experimental dispersion and attenuation

and passive methods (Tokimatsu 1995). This study focuses exclu-

curves are measured simultaneously via the displacement transfer

sively on the interpretation of active surface wave methods.

function concept is described and illustrated. Finally, the new pro-

In the engineering literature, surface wave tests are often called

cedure is applied at a site located in Atlanta, Georgia and the results

Spectral-Analysis-of-Surface-Waves (SASW) tests (Nazarian

are compared with those obtained with the conventional interpreta-

1984; Stokoe et al. 1989; Tokimatsu 1995). The SASW test was de-

tion.

veloped during the 1980s to determine the shear wave velocity pro-

file of pavement systems and soil deposits (Nazarian et al. 1983;

Site Description

1

Associate professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The testing site is located on the campus of the Georgia Institute

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. e-mail: glenn.rix@ce.gatech.edu of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and was used for a field demon-

2

Project engineer, Studio Geotecnico Italiano, Via Ripamonti 89, Milan,

20139 Italy. e-mail: sgi_lai@studio-geotecnico.it stration during the International Conference on Site Characteriza-

3

Research engineer, Dipartimento di Strutturale, Politecnico di Torino, tion (ISC 98) held in April 1998. The upper 3 m is a controlled fill

1 0129 Italy. e-mail: fotis@athena.polito.it composed of silty sand. The residual soils below 3 m are mostly

2001 by the American Society for Testing and Materials

350

RIX ET AL. ON MEASUREMENT OF SURFACE WAVES 351

silty sands with some clayey silts and partially weathered schistose

rock (Finke 1998). The observed water table was more than 10 m

below the surface. The log of a boring performed at the site is

shown in Fig. 1.

The equipment used in SASW testing consists of a transient or

harmonic source (for active measurements), one or more re-

ceivers, and a recording device. Harmonic sources are more re-

peatable and capable of higher signal-to-noise ratios than tran-

sient sources (Rix 1988). Moreover, the use of harmonic sources FIG. 2Source-receiver configuration for SASW phase velocity mea-

greatly simplifies the interpretation of surface wave data since the surements.

analysis of Rayleigh wave propagation in vertically heteroge-

neous media is more difficult for transient than for harmonic

waves. As with other types of sources, the maximum depth of in-

vestigation achieved using a harmonic source is controlled by the The receivers are typically spaced with a ratio r2/r1 2 (Snchez-

frequency and energy content of the output. The receivers used in Salinero 1987).

surface wave tests for near-surface site characterization are usu- For both the conventional and new procedures described subse-

ally vertical velocity transducers with natural frequencies ranging quently, special attention should be given to reducing near-field ef-

from 1 to 4.5 Hz or seismic accelerometers. The recording device fects. The near field is defined as the area in the vicinity of the

is usually a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) dynamic signal ana- source where the body-wave field is of the same order of magni-

lyzer. tude as the surface-wave field. Numerical studies simulating wave

propagation in vertically heterogeneous media (Holzlohner 1980;

Rayleigh Phase Velocity Measurements Tokimatsu 1995) have shown that in normally dispersive media the

near-field effects are important up to a distance from the source

Figure 2 shows a typical source-receiver configuration used in equal to approximately one-half of the wavelength. However, in

conventional phase velocity measurements. The configuration is media where the material properties vary irregularly with depth,

referred to as the two-station method (Aki and Richards 1980). In the near-field effects may extend up to distances from the source

this arrangement, a wave field is generated by a harmonic source equal to two times the wavelength. In the far field, it is assumed

oscillating at a circular frequency , while two receivers located at that Rayleigh waves dominate the particle motion at the ground

distances r1 and r2 from the source are used to measure the vertical surface and that dispersion curves derived from measurements at

particle velocity spectrum Uz(r,). The latter is defined as the dis- the ground surface reflect the dispersive characteristics of Rayleigh

crete Fourier transform of the particle velocity time history uz(r,t). waves.

352 GEOTECHNICAL TESTING JOURNAL

fects, unless they are explicitly accounted for during the inversion

process (Rosset et al. 1991; Ganji et al. 1998). Ganji et al. (1998)

summarize receiver spacing criteria used by a variety of investiga-

tors to minimize near-field effects. In this study, the ISC 98 site is

normally dispersive and the near field was assumed to extend to a

distance of one-half the wavelength from the source.

Spatial aliasing is another important concern in surface wave

measurements. It is the spatial equivalent of undersampling a sig-

nal in the time domain. According to the Nyquists criterion, spa-

tial aliasing is avoided if the receiver spacing is chosen to be

smaller than one-half the wavelength being sampled. Near-field

and spatial aliasing effects control the selection of receiver offsets

and frequency ranges in both conventional and new surface wave

measurement techniques.

From the particle velocity spectrum Uz(r,) the signal analyzer

calculates the auto-power spectrum Grr() at each receiver and the B

cross-power spectrum Gr1r2() between the two receivers:

z(r,)

Grr() Uz(r,)U

(1)

z(r2,)

Gr1r 2() Uz(r1,)U

The symbol () used in Eq 1 denotes complex conjugation. The

time delay between receivers as a function of the circular frequency

is given by arg[Gr1r 2()]/. Thus, the phase velocity VR() of the

far-field Rayleigh wave can be computed from:

(r2 r1)

VR() (2)

arg[Gr1r 2()]

Equation 2 yields the experimental dispersion curve associated

with the pair of receivers located at r1 and r2. This procedure is then

repeated for different receiver spacings to obtain data at additional

frequencies, and the individual dispersion curves are combined to-

gether to form the composite dispersion curve of the site (Nazarian FIG. 3(a) Cross-power spectrum phase for r1 5 m and r2 10 m

1984). and (b) composite dispersion curve at the ISC 98 site from conventional

Figure 3a shows a plot of the cross power spectrum phase mea- two-station method.

sured at the ISC 98 site for r1 5 m and r2 10 m. Additional

measurements were performed at r1 10 m and r2 20 m and at

r1 20 m and r2 40 m. Figure 3a displays the phase in a wrapped

(modulo 2) format. To apply Eq 2 the phase must be unwrapped. eight or more receiver offsets are a reasonable choice. Measure-

For data like that shown in Fig. 3a, this process is straightforward ments may be performed at all of the receiver offsets simultane-

and may be automated easily. For more complex data, manual in- ously if multiple transducers are available, or measurements

terpretation is often required. Figure 3b shows the composite dis- involving fewer transducers may be combined to form a synthetic

persion curve resulting from the application of Eq 2 to all three array if a repeatable source is used (Zywicki 1999). For attenuation

pairs of receivers. measurements, which depend on accurate measurements of particle

It is important to note that the phase velocity computed with Eq motion amplitude, it is essential that the verticality and physical

2 is an apparent Rayleigh phase velocity (Tokimatsu 1995; Lai coupling of each receiver be checked carefully.

1998) that may reflect the contribution of several modes of The relevant spectral quantity is the particle velocity auto-power

Rayleigh-wave propagation. In normally dispersive media such as spectrum Grr(), which is calculated at each receiver location. The

the ISC 98 site, the apparent phase velocity usually corresponds to experimental particle displacement spectrum can be readily com-

the fundamental mode (Gucunski and Woods 1992; Tokimatsu puted by:

1995). It can be shown that the apparent phase velocity is also a lo- | Uz(r,) | Grr

()

cal quantity, i.e., its value depends on the location where it is mea- | Uz(r,) | (3)

sured, and thus, is a function of r1 and r2 (Lai 1998). C1() C1()

where C1() is a frequency-dependent calibration factor that con-

Rayleigh Attenuation Measurements verts the electrical output of the velocity transducer (volts) into

kinematical units (e.g., m/s). Once the particle displacement am-

The source-receiver configuration used in Rayleigh wave atten- plitudes | Uz(r,) | have been determined, the Rayleigh attenuation

uation measurements is shown in Fig. 4. Unlike conventional phase coefficients R() can be computed from a nonlinear regression

velocity measurements where two receivers are used, attenuation based on:

measurements involve a larger number of receiver offsets arranged

in a linear array (multistation method). In the authors experience, | Uz(r,) | FzG (r,)eR()r (4)

RIX ET AL. ON MEASUREMENT OF SURFACE WAVES 353

FIG. 5(a) Particle displacement spectra from uncoupled multistation method at the ISC 98 site.

where G (r,) is the geometrical spreading function describing the phase velocity and attenuation measurements. By introducing the

geometric attenuation of multimode Rayleigh waves in vertically concept of displacement transfer function, both the experimental

heterogeneous media, and Fz is the magnitude of the harmonic dispersion and attenuation curves are determined using a multista-

source applied at the free surface. The geometrical spreading func- tion method. Furthermore, in the new procedure, dispersion and at-

tion is calculated from the solution of the Rayleigh forward problem tenuation curves are determined simultaneously using a single set

using the shear wave velocity profile determined from the inversion of measurements. The new procedure is an important part of a ro-

of experimental dispersion curve (Lai 1998; Rix et al. 2000). bust approach to surface wave testing in which the dispersion and

Particle displacement spectra measured at the ISC 98 site are attenuation curves are both measured and inverted simultaneously

shown in Fig. 5a for r 5, 10, 20, and 30 m. Figure 5b shows the (Lai 1998).

results of the nonlinear regression to determine the attenuation co-

efficients R() at a frequency of 51.55 Hz. By repeating this cal- Displacement Transfer Function

culation at other frequencies, the Rayleigh attenuation curve shown

in Fig. 5c was determined. As for the phase velocity measurements, In a linear system, which in this case is a linear viscoelastic

the experimental attenuation coefficients R() determined by Eq medium, the ratio between an output and an input signal in the fre-

4 are apparent attenuation coefficients that may reflect the combi- quency domain is called the frequency response function, or trans-

nation of several modes of Rayleigh wave propagation (Lai 1998). fer function, of the system (Oppenheim and Willsky 1997). In the

In summary, the conventional procedures used to obtain VR() test configurations shown in Fig. 4, the input signal is the harmonic

and R() are inconsistent. A two-station method is used for dis- force Fzeit applied by the vertically oscillating shaker, while the

persion measurements, while a multistation method is used for at- output signal is the vertical displacement Uz(r,) measured at a dis-

tenuation measurements. Moreover, because the dispersion and at- tance r from the source. For far-field measurements, the vertical

tenuation curves are determined separately, the relationship displacement Uz(r,) induced in a linear viscoelastic vertically het-

between them is neglected. erogeneous medium by a harmonic source Fzeit located at the

ground surface can be written as (Lai 1998):

New Measurement Techniques

Uz(r,) FzG (r,)e i[t (r,)] (5)

This section introduces a new approach to surface wave disper-

sion and attenuation measurements. An essential aspect of the new where (r,) is a complex-valued phase angle. Hence, the dis-

procedure is that it overcomes the inconsistencies of conventional placement transfer function T(r,) between the harmonic source

354 GEOTECHNICAL TESTING JOURNAL

sociated with the fact that the geometric spreading function G (r,)

in Eq 7 is not known a priori because it depends on the still unde-

termined shear wave velocity profile. This difficulty can be over-

come by means of an iterative procedure that combines the use of

Eq 7 with the solution of both the Rayleigh forward and inverse

problems in viscoelastic layered media (Lai 1998). Initially, the ex-

perimental dispersion and attenuation curves are obtained from Eq

7 with a geometric spreading function G (r,) assumed proportional

to 1/r, which is the geometric spreading relation of Rayleigh

waves in homogeneous media. These curves are inverted to obtain

approximate profiles of shear wave velocity and material damping

ratio that are then used to calculate an improved estimate of G (r,).

The subsequent iteration uses the updated G (r,) to determine new

dispersion and attenuation curves from Eq 7. This procedure is re-

peated until convergence. In most cases G (r,) does not differ sig-

nificantly from 1/r, and the iterative scheme converges rapidly.

C

The equipment configuration used for displacement transfer

function measurements is the same as that used for conventional at-

tenuation measurements (i.e., the multistation method). Surface

waves were generated by a vertically oscillating, electrodynamic

shaker operating in swept-sine mode. The frequency range used in

the field tests was 5 to 100 Hz. Rayleigh waves were recorded by

vertical transducers with a natural frequency of 1 Hz at various off-

sets from the source. The geophones were spaced at 1-m intervals

up to an offset of 6 m, at 2-m intervals from 6 to 10 m, at 5-m in-

tervals from 10 to 30 m, and at 10-m intervals from 30 m to the

maximum offset of 60 m. At each receiver location, the experi-

mental transfer functions were obtained from an average, in the fre-

quency domain, of 10 measurements to reduce the variance of the

FIG. 5(b) uncoupled particle displacement regression and measured spectral quantities. The acceleration of the armature

(c) Rayleigh attenuation curve from uncoupled multistation method at the mass was measured with a piezoelectric accelerometer.

ISC 98 site.

The spectral quantity recorded by the dynamic signal analyzer at

each receiver location was the mobility M(r,), which is defined as

the ratio of the particle velocity measured at the receiver to the in-

and the receiver is given by: put force measured at the source. From the mobility M(r,), the ex-

perimental displacement transfer function can be readily computed

Uz(r,)

T(r,) G (r,)ei (r,) (6) by:

Fzeit

M(r,)C2()

Assuming (r,) K()r with K()

iR()

VR() T(r,)

iC1()

(8)

eliminates the implicit dependence of the complex-valued phase where C1() and C2() are the frequency-dependent calibration

angle on the source-to-receiver distance and Eq 6 becomes: factors of the velocity transducer and accelerometer, respectively.

Uz(r,) The mass of the armature is included in C2(). The dynamic signal

T(r,) G (r,)eiK()r (7) analyzer calculates the transfer function in such a way that uncor-

Fze it

related output noise is eliminated (Bendat and Piersol 1986).

The assumption (r,) K()r is equivalent to considering the Figure 6 shows the phase and amplitude of the displacement

phase angle (r,) to be the result of a single mode of propagation. transfer function spectra measured at the ISC 98 site for r 5, 10,

Because the dynamic signal analyzer allows direct measurement of 20, and 30 m. The phase shown in Fig. 6a is unwrapped to facili-

T(r,), Eq 7 can be used as a basis of a nonlinear regression analy- tate comparisons between different receiver offsets.

sis for determining the complex-valued wavenumber K(). It is im-

portant to note that the method determines the apparent Rayleigh Nonlinear, Complex Inversion of Transfer Function

phase velocities and attenuation coefficients from the experimen- Measurements

tally measured displacement transfer functions T(r,) over the

same linear array of receivers. Thus, it provides consistency be- Once the experimental transfer functions have been measured,

tween phase velocity and attenuation measurements. It should also Eq 7 is used to determine the frequency-dependent Rayleigh

be noted that in this procedure VR() and R() are determined si- wavenumbers K(). As mentioned earlier, this requires an iterative

multaneously from the complex-valued transfer functions via the scheme, since the geometric spreading function G (r,) appearing

complex-valued wavenumber. in Eq 7 is not known a priori. With the initial assumption G (r,)

RIX ET AL. ON MEASUREMENT OF SURFACE WAVES 355

mental data better than the corresponding curves obtained with a

coupled analysis. This is not surprising since an uncoupled anal-

ysis separately minimizes the misfit between the theoretical

phase and amplitude curves and the corresponding experimental

measurements. In other words, in an uncoupled analysis the

phase and amplitude of the experimental transfer functions are

regarded as independent quantities, and as such they are fit inde-

pendently using different theoretical models. In a coupled anal-

ysis, a single theoretical model is used to fit both phase and am-

plitude data.

Figure 8 shows the experimental dispersion and attenuation

curves obtained from displacement transfer function measurements,

B together with the results of conventional measurements. The raw

transfer function data were selected to minimize near-field and spa-

tial aliasing effects, and only frequencies ranging from 12.6 to 100

Hz were used in the analysis. Furthermore, experimental transfer

functions measured at distances from the source greater than 30 m

were rejected due to a poor signal-to-noise ratio. Both the dispersion

and attenuation curves vary smoothly with frequency.

In Fig. 8a, the dispersion obtained with the conventional two-

station method is more irregular. This is expected, since the mul-

tistation method determines an average Rayleigh phase velocity

over the entire array of receivers, instead of between only two re-

ceivers. Note also that the largest differences between the two

curves occur at higher frequencies. This also is expected, since

the receiver spacings used for high frequencies in the two-station

method are small compared to the total length of the receiver ar-

ray. As such, lateral variability of soil properties and/or changes

FIG. 6Displacement transfer function (a) phase and (b) amplitude in the local phase velocity (Lai 1998) will have a more pro-

measured at the ISC 98 site.

nounced influence on the dispersion curve derived using the two-

station method. Figure 8b compares the attenuation curves ob-

tained with the conventional (uncoupled, multistation) and new

1/r, one must determine the value of K() that best matches the (coupled, multistation) measurement techniques. The conven-

experimental transfer functions T(r,). The value of K() can be tional method yields attenuation coefficients that are less than the

obtained with a classical least-squares technique; however, since proposed method. The differences between the two attenuation

K(), G (r,), and T(r,) are complex-valued quantities, the actual curves are attributed to two phenomena: (1) the use of transfer

implementation of the algorithm requires the definition of norm functions instead of displacements and (2) the use of a coupled in-

valid in a Pre-Hilbert space (Parker 1994). Mathematically, K() is stead of an uncoupled inversion.

obtained by minimizing the misfit between the experimental and The coupled, multistation technique yields dispersion data over

the predicted displacement transfer functions at a given frequency: the same range of frequencies as the conventional technique. For

both tests, this range is dictated by the energy of the source and the

N

{[T(r,) G (r,)eiK()r ]

(9)

ambient noise levels at the site. As such, the maximum depth of in-

iK()r

vestigation is approximately the same for both methods.

conj [T(r,) G (r,)e ]} min

where N is the total number of data and conj(. . .) denotes complex Conclusions

conjugation. The algorithm used for minimizing Eq 9 is the Leven-

In existing surface wave test procedures, experimental disper-

berg-Marquardt method (Press et al. 1992). The particularly simple

sion and attenuation curves are determined separately (i.e., uncou-

form of the partial derivative of Eq 7 with respect to K() makes

pled) using different source-receiver configurations and different

the implementation of this algorithm very efficient.

interpretation methods. A new procedure based on displacement

The analysis yields a series of complex wavenumbers K()

transfer functions has been proposed in which dispersion and at-

[

iR()]. This is, in essence, equivalent to a simultaneous tenuation data are derived simultaneously (i.e., coupled) from a

VR()

determination of the experimental dispersion and attenuation single set of measurements using the same source-receiver array.

curves at a site. Figure 7 shows the results of the nonlinear regres- The new approach is motivated by the recognition that, in dissipa-

sion to determine the complex-valued wavenumber K(), and tive media, Rayleigh phase velocity and attenuation are not inde-

hence VR(), and R(), at the ISC 98 testing site for 34.81 Hz. pendent as a result of material dispersion (Aki and Richards 1980).

The analysis is repeated at other frequencies to define the complete Therefore, a coupled analysis of dispersion and attenuation is a

dispersion and attenuation curves. more fundamentally correct approach. Dispersion estimates using

It is important to note that theoretical phase and amplitude an array-based, coupled analysis are more robust than conventional

356 GEOTECHNICAL TESTING JOURNAL

FIG. 7Coupled transfer function regression for (a) phase velocity and (b) attenuation coefficient at 34.81 Hz at the ISC 98 site.

RIX ET AL. ON MEASUREMENT OF SURFACE WAVES 357

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