Abstract

The experimental study of shear waves in the earth has been limited by the difficulty of producing them in sufficient strength. However, sensitive piezoelectric shear plates can now be made which enable experimentation with shear waves using small-scale seismic models. Seismic model experiments serve to demonstrate the simplicity of SH-shear wave reflections in a single homogeneous layer, the production of SH waves by an impulsive horizontal thrust, and the development of relatively high amplitude Love waves in a low-velocity surface layer. The results of these model experiments with shear waves are in general agreement with and confirm theory. They also agree with the results of field experiments in the scattered cases for which comparison is available.

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