Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings to Eurocode 8
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Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings to Eurocode 8

Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings to Eurocode 8 by Michael, Eduardo, Peter and Alain Pecker | PDF Free Download.

Preface to Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings

The main aim of this book, published at the time Eurocode 8 is starting its course as the only seismic design standard in Europe, is to support its application to concrete buildings

– the most common type of structure

– through education and training.

It is addressed to graduate or advanced undergraduate students who want to acquire the skills and knowledge that are necessary for the informed use of Eurocode 8 in their career.

To practitioners wishing to expand their professional activity into seismic design with Eurocode 8, to instructors of such students or practitioners in University or professional training programmes,

to researchers and academics interested in seismic analysis and design of concrete buildings, to software developers, code writers,

to those with some official responsibility for the use and application of Eurocode 8, and so on.

Besides its prime aim as support document for education and training in seismic design of concrete buildings with Eurocode 8.

the book complements the currently available background documents for the present version of Eurocode 8 as far as RC buildings are concerned; as such, it will be useful for the coming evolution process of Part 1 of Eurocode 8.

The book puts together those elements of earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, concrete design and foundation/geotechnical engineering, which are essential for the seismic design of concrete buildings.

It is not a treatise in any of these areas. Instead, it presumes that the reader is conversant with structural analysis, concrete design and soil mechanics/ foundation engineering,

at least for the non-seismic case. Starting from there, it focuses on the applications and extensions of these subject areas.

Which are necessary for the specialised, yet common in practice, seismic design of concrete buildings.

Apart from these fundamentals, which are only covered to the extent necessary for the scope of the book,

the book presents and illustrates the full body of knowledge required for the seismic design of concrete buildings – its aim is to provide to the perspective designer of concrete buildings all the tools he/she may need for such a practice;

the reader is not referred to other sources for essential pieces of information and tools, only for complementary knowledge. A key component of the book is the examples.

The examples presented at the end of each chapter follow the sequence of its sections and contents, but often gradate in length and complexity within the chapter and from Chapter 2 to 6.

Their aim is not limited to illustrating the application of the concepts, methods and procedures elaborated in the respective chapter; quite a few of them go further, amalgamating in the applications additional pieces of information and knowledge in a thought-provoking way.

More importantly, Chapter 7 is devoted to an example of a close-to-real-life multistorey concrete building; it covers in detail all pertinent modelling and analysis aspects,

presents the full spectrum of analysis results with two alternative methods and highlights the process and the outcomes of detailed design.

Last but not least, each chapter from 2 to 6 includes problems (questions) without giving the answers to the reader.

The questions are, in general, more challenging and complex than the examples; on average they increase in difficulty from Chapters 2 to 6 and – like most of the  xamples – often extend the scope of the chapter.

Unlike the complete example in Chapter 7, which relies on calculations by computer for the analysis and the detailed design, the questions – and most of the examples – entail only hand calculations,

even for the analysis. They are meant to be solved with help and guidance from an instructor, to whom the complete and detailed answers will be available. 

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