Fundamental Concepts of Earthquake Engineering

Fundamental Concepts of Earthquake Engineering

Villaverde, Roberto

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Earthquakes are one of nature’s greatest hazards to life and property. Throughout historic times,
they have caused the destruction of countless cities and villages around the world and inflicted
the death of thousands of people (see Appendix). In the last 30 years alone, thousands of people
were injured or lost their lives, and many more were left homeless, by earthquakes. The totally
unexpected and nearly instantaneous devastation they may cause produces a unique psychological
impact and a fear on modern societies that it is unsurpassed by any other natural hazard. This
devastation, however, is owed almost entirely to the effect of earthquakes on civil engineering structures
and the ground that supports them. It is the collapse of bridges, buildings, dams, and other
structures that, together with the indirect effects of these collapses, causes extensive damage and
loss of life during earthquakes. In principle, therefore, with the effective application of scientific
and engineering principles and techniques, societies can minimize, if not completely eliminate,
earthquake catastrophes.

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Content :
  • Introduction
  • Seismic Regions of the World
  • Earthquake Genesis
  • Earthquake Propagation
  • Measurement of Earthquakes
  • Characterization of Strong Ground Motions
  • Seismic Hazard Assessment
  • Influence of Local Site Conditions
  • Design Response Spectrum
  • Structural Response by Response Spectrum Method
  • Structural Response by Step-by-Step Integration Methods
  • Structural Response by Equivalent Lateral Force Procedure
  • Structural Response Considering Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Seismic Response of Nonstructural Elements
  • Seismic Protection with Base Isolation
  • Seismic Protection with Energy Dissipating Devices
  • Seismic Code Provisions


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