Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Module aims

  • To introduce the student to the fundamentals of soil dynamics giving emphasis on the behaviour of soils under seismic and dynamic loading and on the effect of superficial geology on strong-motion.
  • The coursework of the module will enable the student to perform an equivalent-linear site response analysis.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the fundamental principles of wave propagation and apply them in engineering examples.
  • Understand basic facets of soil behaviour under dynamic loading.
  • Understand the role of soil deposits in modifying the seismic ground motion.
  • Perform a site response analysis using analytical and numerical approaches.
  • Evaluate the liquefaction potential using a range of simplified methodologies and understand the principles of mitigation measures.
  • Understand the behaviour of soil slopes under seismic loading and the sliding block methodologies.

Module syllabus

  • Wave propagation and field measurement of dynamic soil properties.               
  • Dynamic stress deformation and strength characteristics of soils.
  • Liquefaction, assessment of hazard and mitigation.
  • Site response analysis.
  • Seismic slope stability.
  • Seismic design of geotechnical structures.         
  • Mini project on site response analysis. 

No.

Topic

Staff

01

Wave Propagation

SK

02

Dynamic Soil Properties

SK

03

Liquefaction Phenomenon

SK

04

Liquefaction Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Measures

SK

05

Site Response Analysis – Analytical Solution

SK

06

Numerical Site Response Analysis

SK

07

Seismic Design of Geotechnical Structures

SK

08

Dynamic Numerical Analysis of Geotechnical Structures

SK

09

Seismic Slope Stability

SKS

10

Mini Project on Site Response Analysis

SK

Teaching methods

A combination of lectures and tutorials. 

Assessments

Information will be provided separately.

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Stavroula Kontoe