Introduction to Earthquake Resistant Design

Teaching the basic concepts of earthquake resistant design to a B.S. level Civil Engineer involving; Causes of earthquakes, characteristics of earthquake ground motions. Earthquake magnitude and intensity measurements. Seismic response analysis of simple structures. Derivation of elastic response spectra and earthquake design spectra. Earthquake design criteria. Free and forced vibration analysis of frame structures. Modal spectral analysis and equivalent static lateral force method. Design codes, design applications.

Course Content

Week Topic
1 NATURE OF EARTHQUAKES: Plate Tectonics Theory, Faults and fault movements, Magnitude of earthquakes, Intensity scaling of earthquakes: subjective intensity and instrumental intensity, Characteristics of earthquake ground motions
2 RESPONSE OF SIMPLE STRUCTURES TO EARTHQUAKE GROUND MOTIONS: Seismic response of linear elastic single degree of freedom (SDOF) systems
3 Seismic response of SDOF systems contd
4 Linear elastic response spectra,
6 Forced vibration analysis under earthquake excitations (moda superposition)
7 Equivalent static modal forces
8 Midterm
9 SEISMIC ANALYSIS PROCEDURES IN THE MODERN EARTHQUAKE CODES; Design ground motions and design spectrum: Reduction of elastic forces
10 Mode superposition procedure,
11 Equivalent static lateral load procedure, Response modification factors
12 SEISMIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR R/C STRUCTURES: Capacity design principles in R/C structures
13 Columns, Beams, Shear walls
14 Plastic hinge hierarchy in frames


Course Materials

Course Materials

Course Materials:

1- Amr Elnashai, Luigi Di Sarno (2008). Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering. Copyright © 2008 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-470-02483-6,Hardcover 366 pages October 2008.

2- S.L. KRAMER, (1996),”Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering”, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

3- David Dowrick, Earthquake Resistant Design And Risk Reduction, 2009, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

4- Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings: T. Paulay and M.J.N. Priestley, Wiley, 1992.