Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering

Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering

The aim of this book is to serve as an introduction to and an overview of the latest structural earthquake
engineering. The book deals with aspects of geology, engineering seismology and geotechnical
engineering that are of service to the earthquake structural engineering educator, practitioner and
researcher. It frames earthquake structural engineering within a framework of balance between ‘ Demand ’
and ‘ Supply ’ (requirements imposed on the system versus its available capacity for action and deformation
In a system - integrated framework, referred to as ‘ From Source - to - Society ’ , where ‘ Source ’ describes
the focal mechanisms of earthquakes, and ‘ Society ’ describes the compendium of effects on complex
societal systems, this book presents information pertinent to the evaluation of actions and deformations
imposed by earthquakes on structural systems. It is therefore a ‘ Source - to - Structure ’ text.

Practising engineers with long and relatively modern experience in earthquake - resistant design in high -
seismicity regions will fi nd the book on the whole easy to read and rather basic. They may however
appreciate the presentation of fundamental response parameters and may fi nd their connection to the
structural and societal limit states refreshing and insightful. They may also benefi t from the modelling
notes of Chapter 4 , since use is made of concepts of fi nite element representation in a specifi cally
earthquake engineering context. Many experienced structural earthquake engineering practitioners will
fi nd Chapter 3 on input motion useful and practical. The chapter will aid them in selection of appropriate
characterization of ground shaking. The book as a whole, especially Chapters 3 and 4 is highly
recommended for practising engineers with limited or no experience in earthquake engineering.


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