Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Powerful low-frequency vibrators and outlooks of their application at
monitoring of engineering constructions and at solving other problems of
- Author(s): Alekseev, A.S.
- Chichinin, I.S.
- Korneev, V.A.
- Komissarov, V.V.
- Seleznev, V.S.
- Emanov, A.F.
- et al.
In the past two decades, active seismology studies in Russia have made use of powerful (40- and 100-ton) low-frequency vibrators. These sources create a force amplitude of up to 100 tons and function in the 1.5-3, 3-6 and 5-10 Hz frequency bands. The mobile versions of the vibrator have a force amplitude of 40 tons and a 6-12 Hz frequency band. Registration distances for the 100 ton vibrator are as large as 350 km, enabling the refracted waves to penetrate down to 50 km depths. Vibrator operation sessions are highly repeatable, having distinct "summer" or "winter" spectral patterns. A long profile of seismic records allows estimating of fault zone depths using changes in recorded spectra. Other applications include deep seismic profiling, seismic hazard mapping, structural testing, stress induced anisotropy studies, seismic station calibration, and large-structure integrity testing. In more detail, these questions are discussed in reports of our colleagues from Novosibirsk. This report is devoted mainly to powerful low-frequency vibrators, their theoretical description and design. Besides, problems of vibroseismic monitoring of engineering constructions are briefly elucidated.