The course will start with a review on the dynamic behaviour of linear and non-linear single-degree-of-freedom systems, which represents the basis to understand seismic design. Afterwards the conceptual seismic design of structures will be addressed. Core of the course will be the discussion of current (force-based) and developing (displacement-based, or performance-based) seismic design philosophies including the tools required for their realization and verification. Capacity design principles, necessary to ensure a satisfactory and dependable hierarchy of ductile inelastic deformations will be explained with emphasis on the design of reinforced concrete and steel structures. A further focus will be on the characterisation of the force-deformation behaviour of reinforced concrete structural elements as well as the modelling and analysis of structures with nonlinear finite element approaches.
• Chopra A., “Dynamics of Structures”, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.
• Paulay, T. and Priestley, M.J.N., “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings”, Wiley, 1992.
• Powell, G. H. “Modeling for Structural Analysis”. CSI, 2012.
• Priestley, M.J.N., Calvi G.M. and Kowalsky, M.J., “Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures“, IUSS Press, 2007.