Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings

University of Patras
EE - Earthquake Engineering
Fall 2015
Date (from - to):
01/09/2015 – 01/01/2016

Force-based seismic design of buildings for controlled inelastic response in present day codes and its main instruments: capacity design and detailing of plastic hinge regions for ductility. The trade-off between strength and ductility. Overview of EN-Eurocode 8.

Conceptual design of earthquake-resistant concrete buildings. Main features and conceptual design of frame, wall or dual (frame-wall) building. Conceptual design of building foundation systems for earthquake-resistance. Case histories of buildings with deficient structural configuration in past earthquakes.

Cyclic behaviour of concrete, reinforcing bars and their interaction through bond and interface shear transfer. Cyclic behaviour of concrete beams, columns (including squat), walls and joints: experimental results and examples from past earthquakes. Quantification and modelling of the cyclic resistance and deformation capacity of concrete members in flexure, shear or flexure-shear combinations.

Derivation of member detailing rules in Eurocode 8 for a target deformation capacity.

Design of foundation systems and elements in earthquake-resistant buildings.

Suggested readings:

  • M.N. FARDIS “Seismic Design, Assessment and Retrofitting of Concrete Buildings (based on EN-Eurocode 8)” Springer Science+Business Media BV, Dordrecht, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4020-9841-3
  • M.N. FARDIS, E. C. CARVALHO, A. ELNASHAI, E. FACCIOLI, P. E. PINTO and A. PLUMIER. “Designers’ Guide to EN 1998-1 and EN 1998-5: Eurocode 8: Design of Structures for Earthquake Resistance. General Rules, Seismic Actions, Design Rules for Buildings, Foundations and Retaining Structures”. Thomas Telford Publishers, London, 2005, ISBN 07277-3348-6