Seismic Response and Analysis of Structures

IUSS Pavia
EE - Earthquake Engineering
Fall 2015
Date (from - to):
23/11/2015 – 18/12/2015

Structures respond elastically for minor earthquakes and start experiencing damage, and thus behave nonlinearly, for earthquakes of increasing intensity. Structural design of new structures is currently based on linear elastic analysis. Nonlinear analyses are becoming increasing attractive for seismic assessment of existing structures, as modern building codes encourage designers to use more advanced tools. The course will consider different modeling assumptions (mostly frame vs continuum modeling) for structures, and will discuss pros and cons of different approaches and how different models describe the actual behavior of structures. The main goal of the course is to provide students with skills that can be applied to both research and practice for analyzing structures. The class will focus on the theory of linear nonlinear structural analysis, with particular emphasis on available computational models, their characteristics and limitations. Modeling alternatives and their effect on the model output will be discussed. The course will also present the nonlinear methods of analysis prescribed by the seismic design codes and available in the published literature. The final goal is to leave attendees with a firm idea of the importance of the modeling assumptions and the methods of analyses that are used to analyze a structure mainly with respect to the actual behaviors of structures under seismic loads.