Earthquake-Resistant Structures

Design, Build, and Retrofit


  • Mohiuddin Khan, Adjunct Faculty Member, Temple University

Earthquake engineering is the ultimate challenge for structural engineers. Even if natural phenomena involve great uncertainties, structural engineers need to design buildings, bridges, and dams capable of resisting the destructive forces produced by them. These disasters have created a new awareness about the disaster preparedness and mitigation. Before a building, utility system, or transportation structure is built, engineers spend a great deal of time analyzing those structures to make sure they will perform reliably under seismic and other loads. The purpose of this book is to provide structural engineers with tools and information to improve current building and bridge design and construction practices and enhance their sustainability during and after seismic events. In this book, Khan explains the latest theory, design applications and Code Provisions. Earthquake-Resistant Structures features seismic design and retrofitting techniques for low and high raise buildings, single and multi-span bridges, dams and nuclear facilities. The author also compares and contrasts various seismic resistant techniques in USA, Russia, Japan, Turkey, India, China, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
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Primary Market: Structural Design/Construction, Earthquake Engineers, Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers Secondary Market: Architects, Geologists and Academics


Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-501-2


"There is a broad range of material presented, including observations drawn from a number of case studies,...These are used to illustrate topics of importance both in design and post-earthquake reconstruction." -- The Structural Engineer, July 2014

Table of Contents

Part One: Seismology and Seismicity Chapter 1 History and Classification of Earthquakes, Chapter 2 Common Features between Recurring Earthquakes Chapter 3 Study of Indian Ocean Tsunamis and the Pacific Tsunamis Chapter 4 Local Seismicity, Fault Locations, Tectonic Plate MovementsPart Two: Foundation Types and Reactions Chapter 5 Standard Formulae for Soil ScienceChapter 6 Foundation VibrationsChapter 7 Foundation Types Part Three: Design and Retrofit of StructuresChapter 8 Rise and High Rise BuildingsChapter 9 Single and Multi-span BridgesChapter 10 Dams and Nuclear FacilitiesChapter 11 Seismic Design & Retrofit TechniquesChapter 12 Preservation of Heritage Buildings by StrengtheningChapter 13 Tensile Strength of Existing Masonry Buildings ImprovementPart Four: Strategies for Resisting EarthquakesChapter 14 Compliance with Construction Codes Chapter 15 Seismic Resistant Techniques in USA, Russia and JapanChapter 16 Hot and Cold Weather Concreting Techniques Chapter 17 Strapping and Tying FootingsChapter 18 Developing Local and New Lightweight Materials, LYTAG, FRP and FERROCEMENT Chapter 19 Innovative Segmental and Precast Concrete Construction Chapter 20 Use of Integral Abutment Bridge Frames AppendicesAppendix 1 Seismic Maps and Zoning