Earthquake engineering and structural design

Addressed to

Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering (NHRE) M.Sc.



Dr.-Ing. Schwarz
Dr.-Ing. Abrahamczyk


Course aim

Students are trained and qualified in tasks of earthquake engineering, natural hazard and risk determining parameters. Students will be able to process input data, to realize design decision for structures of different building type and risk potential, to apply modern building codes and design concepts and to develop earthquake resistant structures.


Course content

P1 - Earthquake engineering (4SPW – L; 4CP)

Seismic Code development and generations; simplified analysis methods; design of structures and regularity criteria for earthquake resistance; performance and experience-bases design concepts; rules for engineered buildings (R/C, steel, masonry) and non-engineered buildings; interaction effects between structure and soil, equipment and filling media; special and high risk structures

P2 - Structures in Earthquake Regions (0.5SPW – P; 0.5CP)

Description of National code development; recent code situation; determination of seismic forces for an idealized RC frame system; comparison of different international code levels

P3 - Design of RC frames with masonry infill walls in earthquake regions:-Application of modern software tools (1.5 SPW – P; 1.5CP)

Training of modelling and calculation with different software tools; interpretation of structural systems in terms of earthquake resistance design (ERD); design and analysis of structural systems for given building layouts; comparison of the results with outcomes of damage surveys

Tools: ETABS, SAP2000


Recommended course requirements

Primary Hazards and Risks


General information

creditstypesemesteradmission requirementsform of examination

6 credits

obligatorysummerproject presentation

P1 (written exam), P2 + P3 (project reports)