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Module Code: CEN308
Module Title: Earthquake Engineering
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to provide the most important knowledge and intellectual skills for students to be able to analyze and design earthquake resistance buildings. The module covers the analysis of building structures subjected to earthquake loads as well as the evaluation of different design techniques including equivalent static analysis, response spectra, and capacity design. Implementation in practice includes introduction to European earthquake design code (EC8) and ductile detailing practice for reinforced concrete, masonry and steel buildings in earthquake zones. It also enables students to understand the mechanics of ground motion and become familiar with the natural phenomenon of earthquake.
Learning outcomes 
A. Interpret geological data in such a way in order to assess basic ground motion parameters as the ground acceleration, peak ground velocity and displacement directly related to the earthquake intensity.

B. Make use of both the linear and non-linear response spectra in order to quantify the earthquake forces.

C. Apply the principles of structural dynamics to Single & Multi Degree of freedom systems subjected to earthquake loading.

D. Analyze & design building structural elements using the performance based and conceptual design criterion within the framework of EC8.

E. Apply design criteria and methods taking into account the non-linear response of reinforced concrete, masonry and steel structures, using the requirements of EC8.

F. Combine the use of computer software and programming skills in order to perform dynamic analysis of building structures subjected to earthquake loading.
Method of teaching and learning 
Basic information is presented in the form of lectures on each material. The lectures are supplemented by a number of tutorial problems which the students attempt on their own. Coursework involving design of structures in all three materials is an essential component of the course. Laboratory projects relevant to the taught subjects may be included.
Introduction to earthquakes: origins, effects, size, intensity, recurrence rates

1) Seismic hazard assessment and engineering definition of ground shaking; site effects

2) Linear elastic response of SDOF to earthquake loading: equation of motion – response spectrum – types of spectrum – influence of ground-structure interaction to the response of the system.

3) Response of MDOF systems to earthquake loading: modal analysis – Linear modal response spectrum procedure, torsional effects.

4) Structural response to earthquakes; elastic and inelastic response spectra, inelastic response of SDOF systems-ductility- behavior factor q – inelastic response spectrum – Design spectrum – Lateral force method analysis.

5) Earthquake-resistant design including performance-based design – capacity design - Seismic design spectra, and specific rules for the design of reinforced concrete, steel and masonry buildings according to EC8.

6) Demonstration of transient dynamic response to models (shaking table).

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    13      36  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Examination 70.00
2 In-Class Test 15.00
3 Coursework 15.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/7/2020 4:50:25 AM