Fundamentals of Seismic Loading on Structures

Fundamentals of Seismic Loading on Structures 

Since ancient times, earthquakes have taken a heavy toll on human life and property, made
worse on a psychological level by the unexpected nature of the event. Mitigation of the
damage caused by earthquakes is a prime requirement in many parts of the world today.
As part of the design process, assessment of seismic loading is of fundamental importance
and is the key step before any building design activity can be undertaken. Generally this also
requires the assessment of an appropriate structural loading.
Much effort has been devoted in the last fifty years towards understanding the causes of
earthquakes and defining the loading on buildings associated with such events.

This book is written from the perspective of a practising engineer at a level suitable for

graduate students and young engineers and is intended to be as brief and concise as possi-
ble rather than a lengthy text, while translating research findings into a project environment.

A significant portion of my effort has been devoted to making the design process and asso-
ciated mathematics accessible to a wider community of students, in an easily understandable

With this aim, I have taken worked examples from design projects with actual numerical
values. I hope that it will give the reader a perspective on the engineering challenges and help
develop a working knowledge of the complex subject that is earthquake engineering.


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