Fundamentals of Seismic Design

Institution:
IUSS Pavia
Specialization:
EE - Earthquake Engineering
Term:
Winter 2004
Teacher(s):
M.J. NIGEL PRIESTLEY
Credits:
6
Date (from - to):
11/02/2004 – 08/03/2004

The course will introduce and compare current (force-based) and developing (displacement-based, or performance-based) seismic design philosophies. Capacity design principles, necessary to ensure a satisfactory and dependable hierarchy of ductile inelastic actions will be introduced. Specific design examples related to multi-story buildings and multi-degree-of freedom bridges will be considered in design projects.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of ultimate strength characteristics of reinforced concrete, fundamentals of structural dynamics of multi-degree-of-freedom systems, basic understanding of seismic response including response spectrum analyses, hysteretic damping etc.

Suggested readings:

  • Clough and Penzien, "Dynamics of Structures" or equivalent.
  • Paulay and Priestley, "Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buidings", Ch. 1-3.
  • Priestley, Seible and Calvi, "Seismic Design and Retrofit of Bridges", Ch. 1-3.