Seismic Design of Nonstructural Building Components

IUSS Pavia
EE - Earthquake Engineering
Fall 2018
Date (from - to):
01/09/2018 – 31/01/2019


The main objective of the course is to familiarize Structural Engineers with current knowledge on the seismic design and analysis of nonstructural building components.  At the end of the course, Structural Engineers should be able to: classify the various types of nonstructural building components and understand their performance during recent earthquakes; conduct seismic analysis of nonstructural building components by the direct and cascading methods; understand and apply correctly current regulations and guidelines for the seismic design and specifications of nonstructural building components in North America and Europe including the seismic qualification requirements for important nonstructural building components that have been introduced recently in building codes; conduct seismic qualification of nonstructural building components by testing, analysis or experience database according to recent building code requirements; and be familiar with the seismic performance and fragility of specific nonstructural building components and systems through the review of research case studies.


Theoretical lectures will be complemented by tutorials(aiming at the practical application of the concepts and methods developed during the lectures) and the topics that will be discussed in the course are reported in the following.

Course contents:Practical Seismic Assessment and Mitigation of Nonstructural Building Components. Seismic Analysis of Nonstructural Building Components. Seismic Design of Nonstructural Building Components. Seismic Performance of Light and Heavy Partition Walls. Seismic Performance of Pressurized Fire Suppression Sprinkler Piping Systems. Seismic Performance of Steel Storage Racks. Seismic Performance of Vibration-Isolated Mechanical Equipment. Seismic Performance of Suspended Ceiling Systems. Seismic Performance of Bookcase-Partition Wall Systems.


Fundamental knowledge of structural analysis, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering



  • Handouts, scientific papers and other technical materials made available during the course.