Direct Displacement-Based Design

Institution:
IUSS Pavia
Specialization:
EE - Earthquake Engineering
Term:
Spring 2012
Teacher(s):
GIAN MICHELE CALVI, M.J. NIGEL PRIESTLEY
Credits:
6
Date (from - to):
21/05/2012 – 15/06/2012

The seismic design of structures is currently in a transition stage from force-based to performance-based design. The most developed method of performance-based design is Direct Displacement-based Design (DDBD), where performance is related to acceptable damage, and damage to displacement. The course will introduce the fundamentals of DDBD and apply it to different structural types including frame and wall buildings, bridges and wharves.

Students should have some knowledge of force-based seismic design, and a solid grounding in structural analysis and reinforced concrete design.

Suggested readings:

  • Myths and Fallacies in Earthquake Engineering, Revisited” M.J.N.Priestley, IUSS Press, 2003. (prior to the course, can be downloaded here)
  • "Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures" by Priestley, Calvi and Kowalsky, IUSS Press, 2007. (during the course)