A study is made of the harmonic torsional response of an elastic structure placed on a rigid hemispherical foundation which is supported on an elastic medium and is subjected to the action of obliquely incident plane SH waves. As a basic step in the solution of the torsion interaction problem, a closed-form solution is obtained for the torsional response of a rigid hemispherical foundation excited externally by a harmonic torque and through the soil by an obliquely incident plane SH wave. Comparisons between the results for a hemispherical foundation with those for a circular plate allow the estimation of the effects that the embedment of the foundation has on the torsional response of the superstructure.

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