Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings

Course code: A16106
Course content:

  • The current philosophy of force-based seismic design of buildings for controlled inelastic response and its main instruments: capacity design and detailing of plastic hinge regions for ductility.
  • The trade-off between strength and ductility.
  • 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 in interface shear transfer.
  • Cyclic behaviour of concrete beams, columns, walls and joints: experimental results and examples from past earthquakes.
  • Modeling of cyclic resistance and deformation capacity of concrete members in flexure, shear or flexure-shear combinations at the local and at the element level.
  • Derivation of member detailing rules in Eurocode 8 for a target deformation capacity.
  • Design of foundation systems and elements in earthquake-resistant building.

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