The course focuses on recent developments in the seismic design field, following the research in the US, Japan and Europe. Recently proposed practical design approaches in performance based seismic design are emphasized and will be validated by nonlinear dynamic analysis for structural systems. Design approaches will focus on the use of single‐degree‐of‐freedom analogies such as equivalent linear systems or constant strength or constant ductility displacement modification factors. It is designed for students in structural engineering with background in earthquake engineering and advanced structural dynamics. Students are expected to understand fully the following concepts at the end of the course:
- Nonlinear behavior of simple structural systems.
- Recently proposed design spectra.
- State‐of‐the‐art methods in nonlinear analysis of structural systems.
- Demand vs. capacity concepts for structural design, the way they are used in performance based seismic design.
- Measures of damage, with particular emphasis on reinforced concrete structures
- Correlation of design and analysis in controlling damage in structural systems