Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1071–1082, 2011
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1071–1082, 2011

Research article 07 Apr 2011

Research article | 07 Apr 2011

Soil liquefaction potential in Eskişehir, NW Turkey

H. Tosun1, E. Seyrek2, A. Orhan3, H. Savaş4, and M. Türköz4 H. Tosun et al.
  • 1Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Agricultural Faculty, Eskişehir, Turkey
  • 2Dumlupınar University, Civil Engineering Department, Kütahya, Turkey
  • 3Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Geological Engineering Department, Eskişehir, Turkey
  • 4Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Civil Engineering Department, Eskişehir, Turkey

Abstract. Liquefaction is one of the critical problems in geotechnical engineering. High ground water levels and alluvial soils have a high potential risk for damage due to liquefaction, especially in seismically active regions. Eskişehir urban area, studied in this article, is situated within the second degree earthquake region on the seismic hazard zonation map of Turkey and is surrounded by Eskişehir, North Anatolian, Kütahya and Simav Fault Zones. Geotechnical investigations are carried out in two stages: field and laboratory. In the first stage, 232 boreholes in different locations were drilled and Standard Penetration Test (SPT) was performed. Test pits at 106 different locations were also excavated to support geotechnical data obtained from field tests. In the second stage, experimental studies were performed to determine the Atterberg limits and physical properties of soils. Liquefaction potential was investigated by a simplified method based on SPT. A scenario earthquake of magnitude M=6.4, produced by Eskişehir Fault Zone, was used in the calculations. Analyses were carried out for PGA levels at 0.19, 0.30 and 0.47 g. The results of the analyses indicate that presence of high ground water level and alluvial soil increase the liquefaction potential with the seismic features of the region. Following the analyses, liquefaction potential maps were produced for different depth intervals and can be used effectively for development plans and risk management practices in Eskişehir.