Engineering Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment

IUSS Pavia
ES - Engineering Seismology
Fall 2009
Date (from - to):
21/09/2009 – 16/10/2009
This is an introductory course on the fundamentals of engineering seismology, strong ground motion and seismic hazard assessment. The ultimate object is to provide a background for the assessment of design-basis ground motion both in frequency and time domain. This will be achieved with formal lectures themselves, tutorial sessions and the practical exercises. These teaching activities will be supported with power point presentations, textbook chapters and relevant papers and Internet web sites. This material should be sufficient to obtain a basic background on the subject and to pave the path for those seeking a deeper understanding or greater detail. The course will encompass the basic treatment of the physics of earthquakes and analysis of wave propagation. The time and frequency domain characteristics of the strong ground motion will be covered with enough detail to facilitate the understanding of ground motion prediction and the earthquake hazard assessment. The probabilistic and deterministic treatment of seismic hazard will be covered with supporting examples and exercises. The course will culminate with the elaboration of the subject on the determination of the design basis ground motion needed for the code-based and performance-based design of engineering structures.

Suggested readings:

Relevant Chapters of the following books will assist in the understanding of the course: • Earthquakes, Bruce Bolt • The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting, C.A. Scholz • Modern Global Seismology, T. Lay and T.C. Wallace • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Steven L. Kramer • Strong Ground Motion Seismology, Ed. by, Mustafa Erdik and Nafi M. Toksoz • Ground Motion Evaluation Procedures for Performance-Based Design, PEER Report 2001/09 - J. Stewart, S. Chiou, J. Bray, R. Graves, P. Somerville, N. Abrahamson • Earthquake Engineering: From Engineering Seismology to Performance-Based Engineering, Ed. by Yousef Bozorgnia and Vitelmo V. Bertero. • Earthquake Engineering Handbook, Ed. By Wai-Fah Chen and Charles Scawthorn. • International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology, Part A, Ed. by, William Lee, Hiroo Kanamori, Paul Jennings and Carl Kisslinger.