Geotechnical Analysis of Earthquake Phenomena

Geotechnical Analysis of Earthquake Phenomena
Earthquake magnitude and intensity; design ground motions, elementary dynamics of structures; response spectra; building code provisions; liquefaction and ground failure.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCE EN 321 & CE EN 341; or equivalents.
 ProgramsContaining CE EN 545
Course Outcomes

Understand Earthquakes

1. Understand the origin of earthquakes and the nature of seismic waves; characterize faults and seismic sources; quantify the "size" of an earthquake in terms of magnitude and intensity; quantify earthquake ground motions in terms of engineering parameters.

Attenuation Relationships

2. Use attenuation relationships to predict ground motions; perform deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard analyses

Dynamic Response SDOF Structures

3. Determine the dynamic response of single-degree-of-freedom structures subject to base shaking; understand, develop and apply response spectra

Site Response Analysis

4. Perform site response analyses; understand the effect of different soil types on ground response and damping

Seismic Codes

5. Understand the philosophy and general seismic design provisions found in design codes developed/distributed as part of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the International Building Code (IBC)

Liquefaction and Ground Failure

6. Understand the mechanism associated with liquefaction and ground failure; perform liquefaction triggering, lateral spread, and settlement analyses.

Seismic Slope Stability

7. Evaluate seismic slope stability and deformation; estimate seismic earth pressures