2019 Introduction on Theory of Earthquake Ground Motion

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Instructor(s)
Yamanaka Hiroaki 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue1-2(G512)  
Group
-
Course number
UDE.S433
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2019/5/8
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

Building damages are often due to shaking during the earthquakes. Ground shaking is surface motion due to seismic wave propagation in the Earth. Basic theoretical knowledge is required in understanding ground shaking. Furthermore, seismic wave theory is also used in soil investigation at a construction site of a building. In this course, basic theory on seismic wave is explained to understand earthquake ground shaking.
The main purpose of this course is to understand basic knowledge on seismic wave theory for seismic design, earthquake hazard estimation, and site investigation.

Student learning outcomes

Building damages are often due to shaking during the earthquakes. Ground shaking is surface motion due to seismic wave propagation in the Earth. Basic theoretical knowledge is required in understanding ground shaking. Furthermore, seismic wave theory is also used in soil investigation at a construction site of a building. In this course, basic theory on seismic wave is explained to understand earthquake ground shaking.
The main purpose of this course is to understand basic knowledge on seismic wave theory for seismic design, earthquake hazard estimation, and site investigation.

Keywords

earthquake, ground motion, earthquake disaster, seismic design, wave theory

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Students learn one topic per class through explanation related with actual ground motion prediction

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of lecture What is seismic waves? Explain types of seismic waves with their differences
Class 2 Equation of motion in elastic body Derive equation of motion for wave propagation
Class 3 wave equation and its solution Explain wave equation
Class 4 reflection and transmission of plane wave Understand behavior of plane wave at layer boundary
Class 5 Surface wave propagation Explain basic features of surface wave propagation
Class 6 Surface wave dispersion Understand relation between dispersion and soil profile
Class 7 Propagation of refraction wave and its travel time Understand behavior of refracted waves and travel times
Class 8 Attenuation of seismic wave Explain mechanism of seismic wave attenuation

Textbook(s)

Lecture material is given during lecture

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Modern global seismology

Assessment criteria and methods

submission of report on a given subject

Related courses

  • Application of Theory of Earthquake Ground Motion in Earthquake Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

yamanaka[at]depe.titech.ac.jp, Phone 5513

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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