Earthquake Engineering for Structural Design

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  • Takes a seismological approach to earthquake engineering.
  • As well as discussing the importance of understanding the anatomy of a structure, it also looks at understanding the likely types of earthquake a structure might be hit by.
  • Analyses the potential impacts of several different kinds of earthquake and relates each type to its appropriate geographical context.


Developments in Earthquake Engineering have focussed on the capacity and response of structures. They often overlook the importance of seismological knowledge to earthquake-proofing of design. It is not enough only to understand the anatomy of the structure, you must also appreciate the nature of the likely earthquake.

Seismic design, as detailed in this book, is the bringing together of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. It focuses on the seismological aspects of design – analyzing various types of earthquake and how they affect structures differently. Understanding the distinction between these earthquake types and their different impacts on buildings can make the difference between whether a building stands or falls, or at least to how much it costs to repair.

Covering the basis and basics of the major international codes, this is the essential guide for professionals working on structures in earthquake zones around the world.

Table of Contents

Living with Earthquakes
Learning from Earthquakes
Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering
Advances in Conception About Earthquakes
Tectonic Plates and Faults
Faults and Earthquakes
Earthquakes and Structures
New Design Philosophies
Progress and Challenges in Codifications

Author Bio(s)

Victor Gioncu is Professor for Structural Design at the "Politechnica" University of Timisoara.

Federico M. Mazzolani is Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Naples "Federico II", Italy.