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Course Name Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Course Code 18SC722
Program M. Tech. in Structural & Construction Engineering
Credits Coimbatore
Year Taught 2019


Course Syllabus

Seismology and Earthquakes: Internal Structure of the Earth, Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics, Faults, Elastic rebound theory, Different sources of Seismic Activity, Geometric Notation, Location of Earthquakes, Size of Earthquakes.

Dynamic Properties of Soils: Measurement of Dynamic Properties of soils, Field Tests, Low strain, Seismic Reflection, Seismic Refraction, Horizontal layering, Steady State Vibration, Spectral analysis of surface wave, Seismic cross hole, Down Hole, Up hole, tests, Laboratory tests, Resonance Column Test, Bender Element, Cyclic Tri-axial test.

Seismic Hazard Analysis: Identification and Evaluation of Earthquake Sources, Geologic Evidence, Tectonic Evidence, Historical Seismicity, Instrumental Seismicity, Deterministic Seismic Hazard Analysis, Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis.

Ground Response Analysis: Ground Response Analysis, One Dimensional Linear, Evaluation of Transfer Function, Uniform undamped soil on rigid rock, Uniform damped soil on Rigid Rock, Uniform damped soil on elastic rock, layered damped soil on elastic rock, Equivalent linear Approximation, Deconvolution.

Site characterization and Design: Different methods and experiments. Local site effects: ground motion amplifications, Development of response /design spectrum, Liquefaction hazard assessments, Landslide hazard assessment, Seismic slope stability analysis, Seismic Analysis and Design of Various Geotechnical Structures.

Text Books

  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Steven L. Kramer, Prentice Hall, 2003.
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Towhata, Ikuo, Springer, 2008.
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Handbook, Day, R.W., McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • The Nature of Earthquake Ground Motion, Bolt B., Springer, 1988.
  • Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering: From Source to Fragility, Amr S. Elnashai and Luigi Di Sarno Wiley Press, 2015.
  • Seismic Design and Analysis of Underground Structures, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology 16, Hashash et al. (2001), 2001, 247 -293 (ITA/AITES Accredited Material)
  • Fundamental Concepts of Earthquake Engineering, Roberto Villaverde, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 2009.


‘Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering’ is an elective course offered in M. Tech. program in Structural & Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus.

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