Module Title:   Earthquake Engineering

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG4075M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof K V Horoshenkov

Additional Tutor(s):   TBA

Prerequisite(s):   ENG3046M

Corequisite(s):   None

To study the causes of earthquake, shock wave propagation, earthquake intensity and scales, earthquake effects on civil engineering structures, standards for earthquake-proof design.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The theoretical principles gained in lectures, problem classes, laboratory demonstrations and discussions are assessed by formal examination.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   74.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   8.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   4.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles of seismology and the structure response to a dynamic load. 1.2 Apply standard design methods for earthquake-proof structures.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Determine the response of a civil engineering structure to an earthquake of a given magnitude and intensity. 2.2 Design and critically evaluate practical means for earthquake vibration isolation and damping.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...


  Examination - closed book 2.00 70%
  Examination - closed book
  Coursework   30%
  20 page individual report

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Linear vibration response of a single degree of freedom system. Frequency response and impulse response. System eigenvalues. Modal decomposition of a system with multiple degrees of freedom - modal analysis. Applications of modal analysis to real civil engineering structures. Use of modal analysis software (SFRAME).

Basic seismology, structural dynamics and soils behaviour. Wave propagation in geological structures, earthquake magnitudes and intensities, seismic monitoring and assessment. The significance of soil/foundations on structure response. Brief qualitative consideration of the dynamic response of irregular structures.

Simplified design code procedures for regular building structures according to the American UBC and Eurocode 8. Seismic structural design of buildings and bridges. Damping and vibration isolation. Software tools for structural assessment and linear analysis for structural frames. Basic applications.

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