Literature: Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Codes

Topics: Earthquake engineering, Earthquake / Pages: 3 (554 words) / Published: Jun 4th, 2013
This comprehensive and well-organized book presents the concepts and principles of earthquake resistant design of structures in an easy-to-read style. The use of these principles helps in the implementation of seismic design practice. The book adopts a step-by-step approach, starting from the fundamentals of structural dynamics to application of seismic codes in analysis and design of structures. The text also focusses on seismic evaluation and retrofitting of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings. The text has been enriched with a large number of diagrams and solved problems to reinforce the understanding of the concepts.

Narayanan Sambu Potty1* and Sirajuddin, M2
1Department of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
2Department of Civil Engineering, TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, India
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The recent earthquakes in India and different parts of the world have caused loss of human lives and damage to property due to the collapse of structures. Though an earthquake cannot be prevented, the loss of life and property can be minimized by taking necessary steps on the existing structures to reduce the damages. The seismic codes contain provisions for planning and designing earthquake resistant structures. It becomes essential to carry out a survey and identify existing structures that are deficient and carry out appropriate retrofit. This study first identifies the earthquake resistant features stipulated by the seismic codes for buildings. Then a survey assessment carried in the district of Kollam (Kerala, India) is reported. Kollam is in moderate seismic risk zone, in the seismic zone map prepared by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
This city deserves attention owing to high concentrations of population. Each area differs from one another in terms of climate,

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