Fundamentals of Seismic Design

IUSS Pavia
EE - Earthquake Engineering
Fall 2011
Date (from - to):
09/01/2012 – 03/02/2012

The course will start with a review on the dynamic behaviour of linear and non-linear single-degree-of-freedom systems, which represents the basis to understand seismic design. Afterwards the conceptual seismic design of structures will be addressed. Core of the course will be the discussion of current (force-based) and developing (displacement-based, or performance-based) seismic design philosophies including the tools required for their realization and verification. Capacity design principles, necessary to ensure a satisfactory and dependable hierarchy of ductile inelastic deformations will be explained with emphasis on the design and detailing of reinforced concrete structures. A further focus will be on the characterisation of the force-deformation behaviour of reinforced concrete structural elements as well as the modelling and analysis of reinforced concrete structures with nonlinear finite element approaches.

Suggested readings:

  • Chopra A., “Dynamics of Structures”, Third Edition, Prentice Hall, 2007.
  • Priestley, M.J.N., “Myths and Fallacies in Earthquake Engineering, Revisited”, Rose School, Pavia, 2003.
  • Paulay, T. and Priestley, M.J.N., “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings”, Wiley, 1992.
  • Priestley, M.J.N., Seible F. and Calvi G.M., "Seismic Design and Retrofit of Bridges", Wiley, 1996.
  • Priestley, M.J.N., Calvi G.M. and Kowalsky, M.J., “Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures“, IUSS Press, 2007.


Prerequisites: fundamentals of structural analysis, structural engineering and design of reinforced concrete structures.