Course Objective |

The objective of this course is to teach the basic concepts of earthquake resistant design to a B.S. level Civil Engineer.

Course Content |

- 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.

Learning Outcomes |

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that students should be able to;

- Suggest possible causes for the movements of the plates,
- Describe convergent, divergent, and transform types of plate boundaries,
- Describe elastic rebound theory as it is related to seismic activity,
- Distinguish between earthquake magnitude and earthquake damage (intensity),
- Understand why earthquakes occur, how they are measured and categorized and the effect they may have on engineering structures,
- Understand the concepts of seismic forces and how they relate to engineered slopes and infrastructure,
- Predict the Dynamic Behavior of simple structural systems,
- Develop an understanding of structural dynamics of simple systems subject to harmonic, impulse and/or arbitrary loading,
- Construct eigenvalue solution algorithms,
- Employ the Response Spectrum Analysis Method for Earthquake resistant R/C Buildings,
- Apply the Basic Principles of Conceptual Design for Earthquake resistant R/C Buildings,
- Carry out the detailed design of Earthquake resistant R/C Buildings,
- Understand the concepts and implementation of TEC(1998) and other common seismic design codes.