Course Objective                                                                                                                                                                                  

  The objective of this course is to enable students to acquire the fundamental theoretical concepts in engineering seismology. The students are also required to apply some of these concepts analytically and numerically to familiarize their use in practical applications.


Course Content                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • Seismic wave theory. Energy content and attenuation, polarization and dispersion of seismic waves;
  • Seismic ray theory;
  • Seismic instrumentation, displacement, velocity, and accelerometers;
  • Adjustment and interpretation of recorded data. Earthquake classification;
  • Geographical seismology. Secondary effects of earthquakes;
  • Spatial components of earthquake motion;
  • Spectral analysis of strong ground motion;
  • Seismic risk analysis (R).


Learning Outcomes                                                                                                                                                                             


  After completing the course successfully, the student will have a significant background about the following subjects in engineering seismology;

  • Global plate tectonics, faulting mechanisms, seismic waves and main earthquake source parameters,
  • Interpretation of seismograms both in frequency and time domain
  • Basic principals of seismometers,
  • Record processing techniques,
  • Relationship between the ground motion parameters and engineering demand parameters,
  • Ground-motion prediction equations.