Earthquake-Resistant Structures

1st Edition

Design, Build, and Retrofit

Authors: Mohiuddin Khan
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175012
eBook ISBN: 9780080949444
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 18th March 2013
Page Count: 448
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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.

Key Features

  • Written by a world renowned author and educator
  • Seismic design and retrofitting techniques for all structures
  • Tools improve current building and bridge designs
  • Latest methods for building earthquake-resistant structures
  • Combines physical and geophysical science with structural engineering


Structural Design/Construction, Earthquake Engineers, Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers. Architects, Geologists and Academics

Table of Contents



Part One: Introduction to Seismology and Seismic Engineering

Chapter One. Modern Earthquake Engineering: An Overview

1.1 Introduction and Review of Literature

1.2 The Basics of Earthquakes

1.3 The Most Destructive Earthquakes on Record

1.4 Is Seismic Activity Increasing?

1.5 Some Seismological History

1.6 Measurement of Earthquake Intensity and Magnitude

1.7 Seismic Instrumentation

1.8 Comprehensive Seismic Study

1.9 Applications of Seismic Design Codes

1.10 The Role of the U.S. Geological Survey

1.11 Conclusions on the State of Art

Selected Bibliography


Bibliographical Entries By Category

Chapter Two. Seismology and Earthquake Effects for Engineers

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Basic Seismology

2.3 Induced Seismicity

2.4 Wave Generation and Composition

2.5 Earthquake Prediction and Forecasting

2.6 Earthquake-Triggered Tsunamis

2.7 Seismology-Related Hazards

2.8 Seismology Software

2.9 Conclusions on Seismology and Earthquake Effects

Selected Bibliography


Chapter Three. Seismic Response of Structures to Liquefaction

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Characteristics of Soils and Site Effects

3.3 Soil Type and the Process of Liquefaction

3.4 Liquefaction and Structural Integrity

3.5 Foundation Design Codes Applicable to Liquefaction

3.6 Computer Software for Liquefaction Assessment and Mitigation

3.7 Conclusions for Seismic Response of Structures to Soil Type and Liquefaction

Selected Bibliography


Bibliographic Entries By Category

Part Two: Earthquake Disasters: Pre- and Post-Earthquake Engineering

Chapter Four. Major Earthquakes as the Basis for Code Development

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Earthqua


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About the Author

Mohiuddin Khan

Dr. Khan has more than 35 years of experience as a structural and bridge engineer, project and design manager for transportation and industrial clients. Ali has supervised numerous design projects on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration and Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Faculty Member, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA


"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