Content: The content of the course will include the design of RC, steel or composite tall structures against earthquake actions. The course will start from seismic hazard assessment issues, proceed with covering displacement based design approaches and focus on nonlinear modelling topics that are essential for capturing the nonlinear dynamic response of a tall structure. The students will be provided with a thorough overview of the current design practice in developed earthquake-prone countries and will be trained on the state-of-the-art computer softwares for nonlinear analyses. Special issues regarding the design of tall structures, such as damping, dynamic amplification and non-structural components, will be covered.
1. Understand common structural systems utilized in tall buildings and their design philosophy.
2. Perform preliminary design, by using direct displacement based design rules, of various structural systems for tall buildings.
3. Conduct site-specific seismic hazard analysis and modelling, including necessary ground motion selection and modification and develop analytical models for tall buildings using state-of-the-art structural analysis tools.
4. Distinguish between prescriptive design methods and modern performance-based design methods for tall buildings.
5. Conduct tall building performance evaluation both at component and system level based on state-of the-art methods and latest guidelines.
1. To be informed about the seismic response of tall structures in general, understand the relation of the seismic hazard and the considered earthquake intensity with the design philosophy of tall structures.
2. Conduct preliminary design by using Direct Displacement Based Design rules.
3. Create appropriate nonlinear structural models to be used for design and design verification and be able to evaluate the results.
4. Conduct a performance based design of tall RC, steel and composite tall structures.
5. Control the performance of structural and non-structural components through the design process.