Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering by Amr S. Elnashai and Luigi Di Sarno
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Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering by Amr S. Elnashai and Luigi Di Sarno


This book forms one part of a complete system for university teaching and learning the fundamentals of earthquake engineering at the graduate level. The other components are the slide sets, the solved examples, including the comprehensive project, and a free copy of the computer program Zeus - NL, which are available on the book web site. The book is cast in a framework with three key components, namely

(i) earthquake causes and effects are traced from Source to Society; (ii) structural response under earthquake motion is characterized primarily by the varying and inter - related values of stiffness, strength and ductility; and (iii) all structural response characteristics are presented on the material, section, member, sub - assemblage and structural system levels.

The four chapters of the book cover an overview of earthquake causes and effects, structural response characteristics, features and representations of strong ground motion, and modelling and analysis of structural systems, including design and assessment response quantities.

The slide sets follow closely the contents of the book, while being a succinct summary of the main issues addressed in the text. The slide sets are intended for use by professors in the lecture room, and should be made available to the students only at the end of each chapter.

They are designed to be also a capping revision tool for students. The solved examples are comprehensive and address all the important and intricate sub - topics treated in the four chapters of the book.The comprehensive project is used to provide an integration framework for the various components of the earthquake source, path, site, and structural features that affect the actions and deformations required for seismic design.

The three teaching and learning components of (i) the book, (ii) the slide sets and (iii) the solved examples are inseparable. Their use in unison has been tested and proven in a top - tier university teaching environment for a number of years.We have written this book whilst attending to our day jobs. We have not taken a summer off, or gone on sabbatical leave. It has therefore been difficult to extract ourselves from the immediate and more pressing priorities of ongoing academic and personal responsibilities.

That authoring the book took four years has been somewhat frustrating. The extended period has however resulted in an improved text through the feedback of end-users, mainly graduate students of exceptional talent at the University of Illinois.

Our first thanks therefore go to our students who endured the experimental material they were subjected to and who provided absolutely essential feedback. We are also grateful for a number of world-class researchers and teachers who voluntarily reviewed the book and provided some heartwarming praise alongside some scathing criticism.

These are, in alphabetical order, Nicholas Ambraseys, Emeritus Professor at Imperial College; Mihail Garevski, Professor and Director, Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, University of Skopje ‘Kiril and Methodius’; Ahmed Ghobarah, Professor at McMaster University;

William Hall, Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois; and Sashi Kunnath, Finally our thanks go to six anonymous reviewers who were contacted by Wiley to assess the book proposal, and to all Wiley staff who have been invariably supportive and patient over the four years.

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