Dr. Mervyn Kowalsky
Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
CE 725 Earthquake Structural Engineering
3 Credit Hours
Effects of earthquakes on structures and of design of structures to resist earthquake motions; earthquake mechanisms and ground motions; response of structures to earthquake motions; behavior of materials, structural elements and assemblages subjected to earthquakes; principles of earthquake-resistant design practice; soil-structure interaction; and special topics. The course focus extensively on Displacement-Based Seismic Design and will utilize a recently released text on the topic.
Structural Dynamics (CE 527 or equivalent), structural design (courses in concrete)
At the conclusion of the course, students will:
- Be able to develop analytical models and conduct analysis of structures under the influence of seismic actions.
- Develop an understanding for the effects that earthquakes have on structural systems.
- Develop an understanding of basic aspects critical for seismic design, assessment, and retrofit.
- Apply the basic principals of Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering via Direct Displacement-Based Design to a variety of structural systems.
- Apply the principals of capacity design for the proper detailing of RC structures subjected to seismic conditions.
Homework: 38% (8 Assignments)
Midterm: 17% (Duration – 90 minutes)
Final Exam: 38% (Duration – 3 hours)
Text Readings: 7%
Software Requirements: Familiarity with Matlab.
Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures. M.J.N Priestley, G.M. Calvi, and M.J. Kowalsky. IUSS Press, 2007 or 2018. Available online via the IUSS press at: