Fundamentals of Seismic Design

IUSS Pavia
EE - Earthquake Engineering
Fall 2012
Date (from - to):
07/01/2013 – 01/02/2013

The course will introduce and compare force-based and displacement-based seismic design philosophies including the direct-displacement based design method. Capacity design principles, necessary to ensure a satisfactory and dependable hierarchy of ductile inelastic actions, will be introduced. The main focus of the course will lie on reinforced concrete (RC) structures. The course will also cover the conceptual design of such structures as well as moment-curvature relationships of RC members and their transformation into force-deformation relationships including the estimation of shear deformations. Examples of RC structures will be designed using the different methods introduced in the course and their seismic behaviour will be verified by means of non-linear time-history analysis.

Suggested readings:

Priestley, M.J.N., Calvi, G.M. and Kowalsky, M.J., "Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures", IUSS Press, 2007.

Paulay, T. and Priestley, M.J.N., “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings”, Wiley, 1992.

Chopra, A., “Dynamics of Structures”, Prentice Hall, 2001.


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