Designing Seismic Safe Structures

According to the Humanitarian Early Warning Agency* the last two earthquakes recorded were both above 5 on the Richter scale and can therefore cause major damage to buildings that are poorly constructed. Earthquakes cause devastation around the world in terms of loss of life and property damage. Vital to improving the safety of buildings and structures is an understanding of how structural dynamics can be applied to earthquake engineering.

Structural dynamics of earthquake engineering: theory and application using Mathematica and Matlab from Woodhead Publishing provides an overview of earthquakes and earthquake ground motion to reinforce earthquake intensity and magnitude. Structural dynamics are assessed in relation to earthquakes with the inclusion of a discussion on free vibration of single-degree-of-freedom systems both undamped and un-damped. An examination of the response of structures to periodic dynamic and impulse loads includes further application of Mathematica and Matlab which are applied throughout the book.

A discussion of the response of structures to earthquakes incorporates simplified analysis for lateral loads and buildings simple in plan for lateral loads. Earthquake analysis of linear systems and building codes for aseismic design illustrate the application of established codes and analysis methods. Design examples, exercises and web links further emphasise the practical advantage of owning this title.

Structural dynamics of earthquake engineering: theory and application using Mathematica and Matlab provides civil and structural engineers and students with an understanding of the dynamic response of structures to earthquakes and the common analysis techniques employed to evaluate these responses.

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