2019 Application of Theory of Earthquake Ground Motion in Earthquake Engineering

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Yamanaka Hiroaki 
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Course description and aims

Estimation of earthquake ground motion for possible future earthquake is required in seismic design of buildings and earthquake hazard estimation in local governments. Characteristics of earthquake ground motion is affected by generation of seismic wave in fault rupture, seismic wave propagation in the Earth. In this course, students learn theory on generation and propagation of seismic waves using the basic knowledge learned in 'Introduction on Theory of Earthquake Ground Motion'.
The main purpose of this course is to learn knowledge on seismic waves used in strong motion prediction.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand how seismic wave theory is used in seismic design and earthquake disaster estimation
2) explain mechanism for generation and propagation of seismic waves
3) estimate seismic wave amplification in soil


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 seismic waves and subsurface structure Understand outline of seismic wave propagation from fault to surface
Class 2 Engineering bedrock and seismic bedrock Explain definition of engineering and seismic bedrocks
Class 3 Characteristics of seismic waves in strong motion records Understand characteristics of seismic waves in strong motion records observed during past earthquakes
Class 4 Multiple reflection for amplification of seismic waves Understand S-wave multiple reflection theory to estimate soil amplification
Class 5 Generation of seismic waves on fault Understand seismic wave generation due to fault rupture
Class 6 Finite difference modeling of seismic wave propagation Explain finite difference approximation of wave equation for seismic wave propagation
Class 7 Inversion using seismic waves Understand problem setting and solution for inverse problem using seismic waves
Class 8 Example of actual strong motion prediction using seismic wave theory Understand actual examples for strong motion estimation using seismic wave theory


Lcture material is given during lecture

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Modern global seismology

Assessment criteria and methods

submission of report on a given subject

Related courses

  • submission of report on a given subject

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

It is recommneded to have completed 'Introduction on Theory of Earthquake Ground Motion'

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

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

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

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