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(15 Points, FC 2013)
LECTURERS: A Prof Nawawi Chouw and Dr Tam Larkin
PRESENTATION: The course will be given as a series of lectures in the School of Engineering.
A single class of approximately 2.5 hours duration will be held in the late afternoon/early evening
each week. This is intended to assist students from industry to get to the classes.
Final exam 70%
Assignments 30%
COURSE OUTLINE: The course is divided between an introduction to structural engineering
aspects and engineering seismology. The course begins with basic dynamics and endeavours to
provide a means of understanding earthquake forces and seismic effects on civil infrastructure. The
work on engineering seismology covers the origins of earthquake motion at a site and estimation of
seismic hazard. The engineering seismology section provides a means of understanding the
background to the development of the code NZS 1170.5 (2004).
TEXTBOOK: There is no textbook that completely covers the topics in the course. Hand-out
material will be used in lectures and this will be supplemented by copies of research material.
Required preliminary reading is the book “Earthquakes” (2nd edition) by G. Eiby. A reading list will
be supplied.
A selection from the following:
Engineering seismology
Dynamics and structural aspects
1. Plate tectonics and the structure of the earth
1. Basic mathematical concepts
2. Seismic stress waves
2. Response spectra and Fourier spectra
3.Earthquake source mechanisms
3. Seismic design spectra and structural design
4. Attenuation of seismic stress waves
4. Force based design
5. Seismo-tectonics of New Zealand and
5. Displacement based design
relationship to NZS 1170.5
6. Base Isolation and energy dissipation
6. Magnitude – frequency relationships
7. Response of adjacent structures
7. Site effects
8. Soil-structure interaction
8. Seismic hazard analyses
9. Consequence of near-source earthquakes
9. Strong motion recorders and signal processing
10. Topographical amplification of ground
11. Elastic seismic design spectra
12. Inelastic seismic design spectra
13. Numerical integration of earthquake records
Note: Not all topics will be covered.