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Module Code: CEN308
Module Title: Earthquake Engineering
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to provide the most important knowledge and intellectual skills for students to be able to analyze and design structures for earthquake resistance. The module covers the analysis of structures subject to earthquake-induced loads as well as the evaluation of different design techniques including equivalent static analysis, response spectra, and capacity design. Implementation in practice includes introduction to European earthquake design code (EC8) and ductile detailing practice for reinforced concrete, masonry and steel buildings in earthquake zones. It also enables students to understand the mechanics of ground motion and become familiar with the natural phenomenon of earthquake.
Learning outcomes 
Students completing the module successfully should:

(note: for accreditation and other reasons, sub-headings could be added apart from the items below by departments)

Knowledge and Understanding

A Basic knowledge on the earthquake phenomenon (seismic wave propagation, epicentral distance, earthquake magnitude etc.)

B Elastic response of SDOF systems under seismic loading

C Response spectra

D Non-linear response of SDOF to earthquake loading (ductility, behavior factor q, capacity design, inelastic response spectrum)

E Earthquake response of MDOF systems (modal analysis, distribution of the horizontal earthquake loads, equivalent static analysis, base shear force)

F Basic knowledge on design issues for reinforced concrete, masonry and steelwork buildings within the scope of EC8

Intellectual Abilities

G demonstrate ability to use specific rules for design and detailing of concrete buildings according to EC8

H demonstrate ability to use specific rules for the design and detailing of steel buildings according to EC8

I demonstrate ability to use specific rules for the design and detailing of masonry buildings according to EC8

Practical Skills

J Demonstrate awareness of health and safety issues and regulations associated with laboratory experiments.

K Demonstrate ability to use software packages to conduct modal analysis and design according to EC 8.

General Transferrable skills

L Independent work in the computer laboratory using on-line resources

M Technical writing and presentation
Method of teaching and learning 
Basic information is presented in the form of lectures on each material. The lectures are supplemented by a number of tutorial problems which the students attempt on their own. Coursework involving design of structures in all three materials is an essential component of the course. Laboratory projects relevant to the taught subjects may be included.
Introduction to earthquakes: origins, effects, size, intensity, recurrence rates

1) Seismic hazard assessment and engineering definition of ground shaking; site effects

2) Linear elastic response of SDOF to earthquake loading: equation of motion – response spectrum – types of spectrum – influence of ground-structure interaction to the response of the system.

3) Response of MDOF systems to earthquake loading: modal analysis – Linear modal response spectrum procedure, torsional effects.

4) Structural response to earthquakes; elastic and inelastic response spectra, inelastic response of SDOF systems-ductility- behavior factor q – inelastic response spectrum – Design spectrum – Lateral force method analysis.

5) Earthquake-resistant design including performance-based design – capacity design - Seismic design spectra, and specific rules for the design of reinforced concrete, steel and masonry buildings according to EC8.

6) Demonstration of transient dynamic response to models (shaking table).

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 16     8  2    49  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Examination 70.00
2 Coursework 15.00
3 Coursework 15.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 10:42:39 AM