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CEG8314 : Seismic Resistant Design

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Sean Wilkinson
  • Lecturer: Dr David Milledge
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to:
develop skills in problem solving, with special emphasis on the design of earthquake resistant
develop the ability to choose efficient structural systems and structural layouts.
design structures to resist extreme loadings such as earthquake loadings.
Designing structures to resist seismic loads is probably the most challenging area of structural
engineering. Not only is the magnitude of the forces generated by an earthquake the largest that
the building is likely to experience, but they are also much more destructive, much more
unpredictable and much more difficult to characterize. For these reasons earthquakes cause
tremendous damage to life and infrastructure even in countries that have modern construction codes
and practices. This module introduces students to seismicity and to the dynamics that are relevant
to the design of buildings.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures, project based learning, example classes and design exercises will be used to cover the
following areas:
Introduction to earthquake engineering, case studies of previous earthquakes, seismicity, introduction
to structural dynamics, principles of earthquake resistant design, introduction to Eurocode 8 and
earthquake loadings, quasi static load approach, response spectrum methods, response history
analysis, serviceability and ultimate limit states for structures in seismic regions, soil characterisation
for seismic design, liquefaction and response of granular materials to dynamic forces, amplification of
ground motions and response of cohesive materials to dynamic forces, introduction to high-rise
building design, financial considerations for high-rise buildings, influence of other consultants on the
design process, structural systems for high-rise buildings, structural engineering software, computer
modelling of high-rise buildings and presentation of results, Design and detailing of seismic resistant
members and connections for reinforced concrete and steel structures, tsunami.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Non-synchronous online delivery computer modelling
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00Synchronous online – reinforcement of theory
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study168:0068:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk42:008:00Present in Person - delivery of theory, Plan B online synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk72:0014:00Non-synchronous online delivery of theory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk22:004:00Synchronous online – reinforcement of theory
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching and learning is enabled through a project based learning approach. The fundamentals of seismic resistant design are introduced and developed through a design exercise. Problem solving and design based skills are developed through small group teaching exercises and computer practical classes. These computer classes develop the student's computer abilities in specialist engineering software and in self-learning and validation of software as well as verification of computer solutions. Initiative is developed through directed self-learning and reading. Extra lectures are presented to fill in gaps that may not be covered by the design exercise.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is by means of coursework and exam. The coursework requires students to design a structure to
resist earthquake forces and is intended to develop students' skill in the practical aspects of seismic resistant design.
The exam is designed to check that all learning outcomes associated with the module have been achieved.

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