Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering26 November 2017
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 aracterization 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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