Fundamentals of Seismic Design

Major: ROSE

Term: 2nd Semester – Academic Year 2017-2018

Instructor: Ricardo Monteiro (

The course will also feature a couple of seminars by Gerard O’Reilly and Daniele Perrone

CFU: 6


Duration: 19-06-2018 – 13-07-2018




The course will start with a brief review on the main aspects of the dynamic behaviour of linear and nonlinear single-degree-of-freedom systems, which represents the basis to understand seismic design. Afterwards, the conceptual seismic design of structures will be addressed. The core of the course will be the discussion of (largely enforced) force-based and (developing) displacement-based seismic design philosophies, focusing on the tools and steps required for their employment and verification. Capacity design principles, necessary to ensure a target hierarchy of ductile inelastic deformations will be explained with emphasis on the design and detailing of reinforced concrete structures with the adoption of Eurocode 8, amongst other codes and guidelines. Further attention will also be paid to the characterisation of the force-deformation behaviour of reinforced concrete structural elements as well as the modelling and analysis of reinforced concrete structures with nonlinear finite element approaches. Four homework assignments are foreseen, which will address the characterization of the seismic input and the seismic design and detailing of a reinforced concrete structural wall building, in addition to a small project, to be carried out in groups.



Good knowledge of structural dynamics and nonlinear response analysis.



· Chopra A., “Dynamics of Structures”, Prentice Hall, Third Edition, 2007
· Clough R.W., Penzien J., “Dynamics of structures”, Computers & Structures Inc, 2003
· Priestley, M.J.N., “Myths and Fallacies in Earthquake Engineering, Revisited”, Rose School, Pavia, 2003
· Paulay, T. and Priestley, M.J.N., “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings”, Wiley, 1992
· Priestley, M.J.N., Calvi G.M. and Kowalsky, M.J., “Displacement-Based Seismic De- sign of Structures”, IUSS Press, 2007



Homework assignments: 30% (7.5% each)
Project: 20%
Final exam: 50%