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Unit information: Analysis and Design of Structures in 2018/19

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Unit name Analysis and Design of Structures
Unit code CENGM0046
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Sextos
Open unit status Not open

Earthquake Engineering 4 (CENGM1900)



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Students will be able to understand the key concepts of engineering seismology and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis and carry out seismic hazard assessment for a seismic region by themselves. Students will be able to develop their own computer codes for probabilistic seismic hazard analysis using MATLAB as part of computer labs and coursework. They will gain the practical understanding of the subjects and technical computational skills.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:

1. Understand the fundamental seismic analysis concepts

2. Understand the fundamental design concepts of modern seismic codes

3. Design buildings to Eurocode 8 (Part 1)

4. Use the concepts taught in an international environment and successfully adapt Eurocode 8 to the legislative framework of different countries

Teaching details

All lectures cover both conceptual aspects and worked examples to illustrate the fundamental concepts of structural dynamics as well as the use of Eurocode 8 provisions for the analysis and design of buildings in earthquake regions. Students will also be asked to complete homework exercises on a weekly basis. Three computer lab sessions are also scheduled to introduce dynamic analysis and earthquake engineering computational tools. Comparison between analytical and numerical solutions is also envisaged.

18 hrs of lectures (9 x 2hr)

2 hrs of computer labs (2x2hr)

80 hrs private study

Assessment Details

3 hour examination (ILOs 1-4)

Please note that regular formative feedback will be provided through teaching activity such as simple exercises and optional activities.

Reading and References

Avramidis, I.E., Athanatopoulou, A.M., Morfidis, K., Sextos, A.G., Giaralis, A., 2015. Eurocode-Compliant Seismic Analysis and Design of R / C Buildings. Springer, Netherlands.

CEN, 2004. European Standard EN 1998-1. Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance, Part 1: General rules, seismic actions and rules for buildings”, Committee for Standardisation (Book), Design. European Committee for Standardization, Brussels, Belgium.

Chopra, A.K., 2007. Dynamics of structures—Theory and applications to earthquake engineering (3rd edition). Pearson, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., USA.

Clough, R.W., Penzien, J., 2003. Dynamics of structures, Third Edition, Computers & Structures, Inc., USA.

Elghazouli, A., 2009. Seismic design of buildings to Eurocode 8, Buildings. Spon Press, New York, NY, USA.

Fardis, M.N., 2009. Seismic Design, Assessment and Retrofit of Concrete Buildings, based on Eurocode 8. Springer, Netherlands.

Maguire, J.R., Wyatt, T., 2002. Dynamics - An Introduction for Civil and Structural Engineers, ICE design and practice guide. Thomas Telford Ltd.

Penelis, G.G., Penelis, G.G., 2014. Concrete buildings in seismic regions. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, London, U.K.