Although the course “099243  EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT DESIGN (I.C.)” is constituted by two modules ( Earthquake Resistant Design 1 and 2 ), these are fully integrated and both spread over the two semesters. The following list of topics corresponds to the total contents of the integrated course.
First part : Design of new building structures for earthquake resistance.
Seismic action definition:
 fundamentals of seismology: seismic wave origin and propagation; surface motion description and effects;
 seismic response of SDOF systems: the response spectrum;
 linear response of buildings to the seismic motion:
 modal analysis of frame structures;
 structural modelling for seismic analysis: mass and stiffness representation;
 linear analysis of frame structures: static equivalent, modal, and time history analysis;
Non linear response of structures:
 the behaviour factor theory;
 global and local ductility demands;
 global and local collapse mechanisms and capacity design;
 structural regularity;
 response computation: nonlinear static analysis.
Design of buildings for seismic actions:
 reference building codes: Eurocode 8 (Part 1), Italian Code (NTC08);
 general requirements for the design of building structures;
 concrete structures: structural typologies, behaviour factors, specific rules for the design of structural elements (beams, columns, nodes, walls);
 steel structures: structural typologies, behaviour factors, specific design rules, action modification in the capacity design.
 criteria for the sizing of buildings under seismic actions.
Numerical analysis of buildings for seismic actions:
 finite element analysis by commercial codes;
 comparison between experimental and numerical response of structures;
 analysis and design of typical frame buildings.
Second part : Special problems and special structures.
Base isolation and energy dissipation;
Amplification of seismic motion in relation to local soil conditions;
Seismic response of existing structures: knowledge levels and confidence factors;
Masonry structures:
 material properties and resistance;
 boxtype behaviour;
 response computation (global shear resistance, collapse mechanisms, refined analysis);
 structural details and strengthening interventions;
 vulnerability analysis;
 guidelines for monumental structures (churches and palaces).
Special structures (bridges, silos, …).
