Earthquake Engineering and Structural Design

This course focuses on training students in the tasks of earthquake engineering, natural hazard and risk determining parameters. Emphasis is placed on processing the input data, realization of design decision for structures of different building types and risk potential, application of modern building codes and design concepts, development of earthquake resistant structures and evaluation of structural design.

Course Content

Seismic Code development and generations; simplified analysis methods; design of structures and regularity criteria for earthquake resistance; performance and experience-based design concepts; rules for engineered buildings (R/C, steel, masonry) and non-engineered buildings; interaction effects between structure and soil, equipment and filling media; special and high risk structures

Project Azure III | RC type structures in earthquake regions

The aim of the project is to introduce the participants into advanced requests in the field of earthquake engineering starting with the study of regional code requirements and their application to a RC type structure. Finally, the structural capacity and performance point for different levels of seismic action have to be determined using modern software’s. The purpose of this project is to train and apply various analysis methods.

After the project, the participants should be able to apply various analysis methods by using the software applied in part of the project independently. Different model assumptions (e.g. material parameters) and modifications of the structural layout (e.g. by implementing structural walls) should be considered and the influence on the dynamic behavior evaluated. At the end, a small presentation should be prepared by the participants in order to discuss the results. During the project assistance will be provided by the staff of the Earthquake Damage Analysis Center as well as the Chair of Advanced Structures.