This book provides comprehensive coverage of the many facets of seismic engineering. The first half of the book is devoted to seismic phenomena and hazards, detailing the causes of earthquakes, the parameters used to characterize earthquakes, strong ground motions, seismic hazards and their evaluation, and seismic action. The second half discusses the effects of earthquakes and tools used to assess and reduce risk, including the effects of vibratory motions and induced phenomena, seismic calculations and technical aspects of prevention.
The importance of keeping orders of magnitude in mind (e.g. through basic reasoning or very simple equations) when discussing seismic phenomena and their effects is emphasized - an important consideration which most people overlook because of the rarity and brevity of the events in question.
Part 1. Earthquakes and Induced Phenomena
1. Causes of Earthquakes.
2. Parameters used to Define Earthquakes.
3. Manifestations of the Seismic Phenomena on the Surface.
Part 2. Strong Ground Motions
4. Strong Vibratory Motions.
5. Calculation Models for Strong Vibratory Motions.
Part 3. Seismic Hazards
6. The Spatial and Temporal Distributions of Seismicity.
7. Assessment of Seismic Hazard.
Part 4. Seismic Action
8. The Seismic Coefficient.
9. The Response Spectrum.
10. Other Representations of Seismic Action.
Part 5. The Effects of Earthquakes on Buildings
11. Deformation Effects Sustained by Superficial Ground.
12. Effects of Vibratory Motions.
13. Effects of Induced Phenomena.
14. Scales of Macroseismic Intensity.
Part 6. Seismic Calculations
15. Linear Seismic Calculation.
16. Notions on Soil/Structure Interaction.
17. Overview of Non-linear Calculations.
Part 7. Seismic Prevention Tools
18. Technical Aspects of Prevention.
Jacques Betbeder-Matibet was formerly a research engineer at EDF. His research interests are mainly the prevention of earthquakes risks.