Soil Dynamics
This course offered by the Department of Earthquake Engineering delves into advanced concepts in soil dynamics, a crucial aspect of earthquake engineering. Students explore the intricate behaviour of soils under seismic loading, understanding the fundamental principles governing soil dynamics and their implications in structural response. Topics covered include soil-structure interaction, site response analysis, liquefaction potential assessment, ground motion amplification, and soil-damping effects. Students gain insights into designing resilient structures in earthquake-prone regions through theoretical lectures, practical simulations, and case studies of real-world seismic events. The course equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse and mitigate seismic risks effectively, contributing to developing safer and more resilient infrastructure systems.
Structural Dynamics
The course on Structural Dynamics offered by the Department of Earthquake Engineering provides a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic behaviour of structures under seismic loading. Students delve into the principles of structural dynamics, including modal analysis, vibration theory, and dynamic response spectra. Through theoretical lectures, computational simulations, and practical demonstrations, students learn to analyse the dynamic response of various structural systems to earthquakes. Emphasis is placed on seismic design principles, including damping mechanisms, seismic isolation, and base isolation techniques to enhance structural resilience. Case studies of historical earthquakes and advanced numerical modelling techniques are integrated to provide practical insights into earthquake-resistant design strategies. By the end of the course, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to design and evaluate structures that can withstand seismic forces, contributing to the development of safer and more resilient infrastructure in earthquake-prone regions.
Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
This course, offered by the Department of Earthquake Engineering, focuses on assessing seismic vulnerability and risk, crucial for developing effective disaster mitigation strategies. Students explore methodologies for evaluating the vulnerability of structures, lifelines, and communities to seismic hazards. Through theoretical lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, students learn to quantify seismic risk by integrating factors such as building characteristics, soil conditions, and regional seismicity. Topics include probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, fragility analysis, loss estimation, and resilience assessment. Emphasis is placed on utilising advanced computational tools and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial analysis and risk mapping. By the end of the course, students gain proficiency in identifying vulnerable assets, prioritising risk mitigation measures, and designing resilient communities resilient to seismic events. This knowledge equips them to contribute effectively to disaster preparedness and response efforts, promoting safer environments in earthquake-prone regions.