Cee 245

Earthquake Ground Motion Characterization

Next offering Winter 2015. Instructor to be determined

Prerequisite: C&EE 137 or 246. C&EE 110 strongly recommended.

Reference materials

  1. Course reader available from ASUCLA store

  2. Kramer, SL, 1996. Geotechnical earthquake engineering, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ (book is in process of being re-written by Kramer and Stewart, with substantial ground motion component, but will not be ready by Winter 2015).

  3. Recommended: McGuire, R, 2004. Seismic hazard and risk analysis, EERI Monograph MNO-10.

Major topics:

Earthquake fundamentals: plate tectonics, fault types, basics of wave propagation, magnitude and intensity scales. 4 lec.

Probability theory for seismic applications. 2 lec.

Earthquake source characterization: source locations, magnitude range, recurrence. 3 lec.

Ground motion prediction: fundamental factors controlling ground shaking characteristics, prediction from GMPEs and simulations, special near-fault considerations. 4 lec.

Seismic hazard analysis: emphasis on PSHA – how it works and analysis products, disaggregation, managing epistemic uncertainty, conditional mean spectrum, time series selection. 4 lec.