2021 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()  Thr1-2()  
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Course description and aims

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge for disaster prevention of building structures through past earthquakes and tsunami damages. History of design concept and concept of performance based design of building structures and members are discussed. Past seismic damages to building structures are introduced and causes of damages are discussed. The instructors explain the damage resilient structures by focusing on reinforced concrete building structures.

Student learning outcomes

Students learn a concept of damage resilient structural design through history of earthquake and tsunami damages 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

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

Class flow

The instructors give 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(Kono) Seismic design in Japan and other countries
Class 2 History of Tsunami damage(Kono) Earthquake and Tsunami damages to buildings in different countries
Class 3 Performance assessment and structural analysis(Kono) Performance criteria and design
Class 4 Effects of material properties on the seismic performance of members and buildings(Kono) Evaluation of seismic performance of buildings
Class 5 Prevention of brittle failure of members ①(Kono) Shear resisting mechanism of RC members
Class 6 Prevention of brittle failure of members ②(Kono) Shear resisting mechanism of RC members
Class 7 Prevention of brittle failure of members ③(Kono) Shear capacity of RC members
Class 8 Outline of Elasticity and Plasticity of Concrete (Nishimura) Applied Elasticity and Plasticity of Concrete
Class 9 Basic Equations for Elastic Problems (Nishimura) Four Governing Equations
Class 10 Two Dimensional Problems (Nishimura) Plane Stress and Plane Strain
Class 11 Airy Stress Function (Nishimura) Stress in Splitting Test
Class 12 Basic Equations for Elasto-Plastic Problems (Nishimura) Constitutive Equation of Elasto-Plastic Behavior
Class 13 Principle of Virtual Work (Nishimura) Application of Principle of Virtual Work
Class 14 Limit Analysis (Nishimura) Limit Analysis of Concrete Structural Member

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 60 minutes preparing for class and another 60 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



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 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.s.ae[at]m.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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