Eurocode-Compliant Seismic Analysis and Design of R/C Buildings

Eurocode-Compliant Seismic Analysis and Design of R/C Buildings

This book aims to serve as an essential reference to facilitate civil engineers
involved in the design of new conventional (ordinary) reinforced concrete (r/c)
buildings regulated by the current European Eurocode 8 or EC8 (EN 1998-1:2004)
and EC2 (EN 1992-1-1:2004) codes of practice. It is addressed to practitioners
working in consulting and designing engineering companies and to advanced
undergraduate and postgraduate level civil engineering students attending modules
and curricula in the earthquake-resistant design of structures and/or undertaking
pertinent design projects. The book constitutes an updated and significantly
extended version of a textbook co-authored by the first four authors published in
2011 in the Greek language. The changes and amendments incorporated into the
current book discuss the recent trends in performance-based seismic design of
structures and provide additional practical guidance on finite element modelling
of r/c building structures for code-compliant seismic analysis methods.
It is emphasized that this book is neither a comprehensive text on the design of
earthquake-resistant structures nor does it offer a complete commentary on the EC8
provisions. To this end, it presumes that the “user”:
• Has sufficient knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles, and methods
of structural analysis for both static and dynamic loads pertinent to the
earthquake-resistant design of structures and of r/c design
• Has access to and appreciation of the EC8 (EN 1998-1:2004) and EC2
(EN 1992-1-1:2004) codes of practice
The book is split notionally into two parts. The first part comprises the first three
chapters in which:
• The fundamental principles for earthquake-resistant design are introduced and
discussion and comments are included on how these principles reflect on the
current EC8 (EN 1998-1:2004) code and on several international guidelines for

performance-based seismic design of structures (Chap. 1).

The second part of the book (Chap. 4) includes three numerical example
problems, solved in detail, to illustrate the implementation of various clauses of
the EC8 for the seismic analysis and design of three different multistorey buildings.
The properties and structural layouts of the considered buildings are judicially
chosen to achieve the necessary simplicity to serve as general benchmark structures
while maintaining important features commonly encountered in real-life design
scenarios. In this regard, these benchmark example problems provide for:
• A comprehensive illustration of complete and detailed numerical applications to
gain a better appreciation of the flow and the sequence of the required logic and
computational steps involved in the earthquake-resistant design of structures
regulated by the EC8
• Verification tutorials to check the reliability of custom-made computer programs
and of commercial finite element software developed/used for the design of
earthquake-resistant r/c buildings complying with the EC8
The book is complemented by an Appendix discussing the inelastic static
(pushover) analysis of the EC8 which is allowed to be used as an alternative method
to the standard equivalent linear types of analysis for the design of EC8 compliant
r/c building structures. In a second Appendix, the concepts of torsional sensitivity
are delineated using analytical formulae and numerical examples. Lastly, to further
facilitate practitioners, all requirements posed by both the EC2 (EN 1992-1-1:2004)
and the EC8 (EN 1998-1:2004) codes regarding the detailing of r/c structural
members are collected in a concise tabular/graphical format in a third Appendix.
Notably, pertinent selected bibliography is included at the end of each chapter to
direct the reader to appropriate sources discussing some of the herein introduced
material in greater detail.


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