2019 Disaster Mitigation for Building Structures

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Kono Susumu  Nishimura Koshiro 
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Mon1-2(G511)  Thr1-2(G511)  
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Course description and aims

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge for disaster prevention of building structures through previous earthquake, tsunami or fire damage. History of design concept and concept of performance based design of building structures and members are also discussed. Past seismic damage of building structures is introduced and the cause of damage is discussed. The instructor explains the damage resilient structures by focusing on reinforced concrete building structures.

Student learning outcomes

Students learn the concept of damage resilient structural design through history of earthquake/tsunami/fire damage and development of design codes. The performance based design method is discussed using reinforced concrete members and buildings.


earthquake,tsunami, fire, structural damage, ductility, performance based design, shear design of RC members

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

The instructor gives lectures with some interaction with students. Solutions to the homeworks are discussed in the beginning of each class to review the recent lectures. Then new topics are introduced for the rest of the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 History of seismic design Earthquake shaking damage to buildings in different countries
Class 2 History of Tsunami damage Tsunami damage to buildings in different countries
Class 3 History of Fire damage Fire damage to buildings in different countries
Class 4 Performance assessment and structural analysis Differences of various design methods
Class 5 Effects of material properties on the seismic performance of members and buildings Evaluation of seismic performance of buildings
Class 6 Prevention of brittle failure of members ① Shear resisting mechanism of RC members
Class 7 Prevention of brittle failure of members ② Shear capacity of RC members
Class 8 Ductility of members Ductility of members and prevention of brittle failure
Class 9 Shear strength and deformation of beam-column connections Detectng weak points of structural system
Class 10 Role of shear walls in buildings ① Differenece between strong structures and ductile structures
Class 11 Role of shear walls in buildings ② Role of lateral load resisting members
Class 12 Foundations Role of foundation structures
Class 13 Structural planning Categorized damage based on structural planning
Class 14 Seismic assessment and retrofit ① Seismic assessment and retrofit in Japan
Class 15 Seismic assessment and retrofit ② Seismic assessment and retrofit in other countries



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings(T. Paulay and M. J. N. Priestley)

Assessment criteria and methods

Homeworks, final exams and attendance are considered.

Related courses

  • Elastic and Plastic Behaviors of Structural Materials

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


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

Susumu Kono (kono[at]serc.titech.ac.jp)(045-924-5384)
Koshiro Nishimura (nishimura.k.ac[at]m.titech.ac.jp)(045-924-5326)

Office hours

Appointment recommended.

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