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.