Short Course on Advanced Computational Methods in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology

Pavia, 10-14 March 2008

Objective of the course is to introduce earthquake engineers, seismologists and geophysicists to state-of-the-art, advanced numerical methods in computational elastodynamics and their application to the solution of a selected number of problems in engineering seismology and earthquake engineering.

The course is organized in four independent technical moduli devoted to the following subjects: stochastic finite elements with applications in computational dynamics, spectral and boundary element methods in engineering seismology and earthquake engineering, substructuring techniques and domain reduction methods in the solution of soil-structure interaction problems. Other advanced topics that are treated include NURBS, SPH and meshless techniques.

For each method the theoretical foundations are first introduced followed by a thorough description of the capabilities and limitations in the solution of initial, boundary-value problems of interest in seismic engineering and geophysics. The effectiveness of the techniques are illustrated through several examples and real case studies. The discussion will be complemented by a detailed investigation of the convergence and stability of the numerical algorithms.

The course is structured to offer an optimum trade-off between the formal development of the theories and their practical implementation through specific numerical codes always emphasizing their range of applicability and possible extensions. It is believed that the course will offer the participants a unique opportunity to be exposed to advanced topics in computational elastodynamics in a unified framework within the context of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology.

The course is fully organised by Prof. Ferdinando Auricchio (University of Pavia) and Dr. Carlo G. Lai (EUCENTRE). Lectures will be delivered by an international team of renown, first-class specialists in the field of advanced computational mechanics. Among others they are Prof. G. Novati, Prof. A. Frangi, Prof. F. Perotti, Prof. R. Paolucci and Prof. F. Nobile from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Prof. A. Quarteroni from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Prof. J.F. Semblat from Ecole Polytechnique de Paris (France), Prof. M. Schanz from Technische Universität Graz (Austria), Prof. M. Papadrakakis from National Technical University of Athens (Greece).

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