A partially coupled effective stress analysis is assessed in predicting seismic performance of caisson-type quay wall. Using a nonlinear finite difference program, a numerical study of shaking table tests, carried out at Tokyo University, is performed. In this paper, the formulation of employed computational code is described and the results of numerical simulation are compared to the measured records. The results demonstrate that the trend and magnitude of vertical and horizontal displacement of quay wall appears to be predicted reasonably well. The overall tendency is to overpredict the horizontal movement but the vertical movement is underpredicted.

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