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Category : Earthquake Engineering

Earthquake engineering deals with the study of earthquake forces and its effects on the buildings and structures, so that earthquake resistant buildings and structures can be built to prevent loss of life and property during earthquakes.
This section deals with the study of forces of earthquakes, magnitude and energy released, earthquake resistant design technique, damage caused due to earthquake on structures, design philosophy, architectural features, ground shaking, seismic zones, base isolation method, earthquake resistant design philosophy, guidelines, and estimation of damage and collapse of structures and buildings.

SEISMIC DESIGN PHILOSOPHY FOR BUILDINGS

The Earthquake Problem Severity of ground shaking at a given location during an earthquake can be minor, moderate and strong. Relatively speaking, minor shaking occurs frequently, moderate shaking occasionally and strong shaking rarely. For instance, on average annually about 800 ...

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ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES & EARTHQUAKE

Importance of Architectural Features The behaviour of a building during earthquakes depends critically on its overall shape, size and geometry, in addition to how the earthquake forces are carried to the ground. Hence, at the planning stage itself, architects and structural ...

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SEISMIC EFFECTS ON STRUCTURES

What are the Seismic Effects on Structures? Inertia Forces in Structures Earthquake causes shaking of the ground. So a building resting on it will experience motion at its base. From Newton’s First Law of Motion, even though the base of the ...

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MAGNITUDE & INTENSITY OF EARTHQUAKE

The point on the fault where slip starts is the Focus or Hypocenter, and the point vertically above this on the surface of the Earth is the Epicenter (Figure 1). The depth of focus from the epicenter, called as Focal ...

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HOW THE GROUND SHAKES DURING EARTHQUAKE

Seismic Waves Large strain energy released during an earthquake travels as seismic waves in all directions through the Earth’s layers, reflecting and refracting at each interface. These waves are of two types – body waves and surface waves; the latter are ...

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SEISMIC ZONES IN INDIA

India being a large landmass is particularly prone to earthquakes. The Indian subcontinent is divided into five seismic zones with respect to the severity of the earthquakes. The classification of the zones has been done by the geologist and scientist ...

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EARTHQUAKE & RELATED TERMS

Magnitude: Measure of the amount of energy released during an earthquake. It is usually expressed using Richter scale. Professor Charles Richter noticed that at a constant distance, seismograms records of earthquake ground vibration of larger earthquake have bigger wave amplitude than ...

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BASIC ELEMENTS OF EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT DESIGN

Structures on the earth are generally subjected to load of two types static and dynamic. Static loads are constant with time while dynamic loads are time varying. The majority of civil engineering structures are designed with assumptions that all applied ...

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GUIDELINES FOR EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT DESIGN

An earthquake is vibration of earth surface by waves emerging from the source of disturbance in the earth by virtue of release of energy in the earth’s crust. It is essentially a sudden and transient motion or series of motions ...

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