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Earthquake Engineering 1

University of Iceland

Course Name:

Earthquake Engineering 1

Course Description:

Aim: To present the main nature and characteristics of earthquakes and to present the methodology used to assess earthquake impacts. Subject: Seismicity and source models. Earthquake waves and wave propagation. Strong ground motion and attenuation models. Soil amplification. Linear and non-linear response spectra. Mapping of earthquake hazard. Projects and thesis work.

Learning Outcomes:

Students must be able to:

  • explain the nature and effects of earthquake
  • explain strong-motion measurements and their importance and applications
  • describe the most common earthquake source models and ground motion prediction equations (models) and be able to demonstrate their applications to practical problems
  • define the most common types of earthquake response spectra and explain their importance in engineering design
  • explain the basics of probabilistic earthquake hazard analysis (PSHA) and conduct simple PSHA
  • explain the difference of hazard assessment and risk assessment and their applications
  • explain and put into practice the basics of earthquake engineering design for regular structures


Course dates
06 January 2020 - 18 May 2020
Course organizer
Rajesh Rupakhety
Dunhagi 5