Best Reference Books – Seismic Design of Structures

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Seismic Design of Structures subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Seismic Design of Structures along with reviews.

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1. “Analysis and Design of Foundations and Retaining Structures Subjected to Seismic Loads” by Swami Saran

“Analysis and Design of Foundations and Retaining Structures Subjected to Seismic Loads” Book Review: The book offers a systematic treatment of the analysis and design of foundations and retaining structures subjected to dynamic loads. Topics covered in the book include dynamic soil properties & liquefaction, pile and well foundations, rigid and waterfront retaining structures, bridge abutments, reinforced earth and soils nailed walls. A number of solved examples are included in each chapter. Textbook for graduate students and practicing geotechnical engineers.

2. “Seismic Design of RC Buildings (Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering)” by Sharad Manohar and Suhasini Madhekar

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“Seismic Design of RC Buildings (Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering)” Book Review: Textbook for engineering courses on earthquake resistant design. The book covers important attributes for seismic design such as material properties, damping, ductility, stiffness and strength. It also covers simple concepts and proceeds right up to nonlinear analysis and push-over method for checking building adequacy. It provides an insight into the design of base isolators highlighting their merits and demerits. It also lists the care required in practical design and construction of various building components. It covers modal analysis in depth including the important missing mass method of analysis and tension shift in shear walls and beams. These have important bearing on reinforcement detailing. The book also provides the methodology for assessment of seismic forces on basement walls and pile foundations. It provides a practical approach to design and detailing of soft storeys, short columns, vulnerable staircases and many other components. Book for upper undergraduate and graduate students taking courses on seismic design of structures.

3. “Integrated Seismic Design of Structure and Control Systems (Springer Tracts in Mechanical Engineering)” by Paolo Castaldo

“Integrated Seismic Design of Structure and Control Systems (Springer Tracts in Mechanical Engineering)” Book Review: The book explains how slender structural systems with a high seismic performance can be achieved through inclusion of viscous and viscoelastic dampers as an integral part of the system. It covers essential introductory information on passive structural control and passive energy dissipation systems. It also explains how the optimal integrated design methodology, also relevant to retrofitting of existing buildings, should be applied. The book illustrates how structural control research is opening up new possibilities in structural forms and configurations without compromising structural performance. It also lists dynamic analyses of both single and multiple degree of freedom systems.

4. “Displacement Based Seismic Design of Structures: 1” by M J N Priestley and G M Calvi

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“Displacement Based Seismic Design of Structures: 1” Book Review: It is a book for practicing structural designers who are interested in applying performance-based concepts to seismic design. It explains how to develop a deeper understanding of how design can be used to control seismic response. It is also a guide for researchers and to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students of earthquake engineering. It contains designs of displacement-based seismic.

5. “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings” by Jack Moehle

“Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings” Book Review: The book contains behavior of reinforced concrete materials, components, and systems subjected to routine and extreme loads, with an emphasis on response to earthquake loading. It also contains design methods, both at a basic level as required by current building codes and at an advanced level needed for special problems such as seismic performance assessment. Data and models useful for analyzing reinforced concrete structures as well as numerous illustrations, tables and equations are included. Its contents include seismic design and performance verification, steel reinforcement, confined concrete, shear in beams, columns, and walls, beam-column connections, slab-column and slab-wall connections, etc. It also covers overview of seismic design, special moment frames, special structural walls, ravity framing and more.

6. “Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Structures and Infrastructures (Advances in Civil and Industrial Engineering)” by Vagelis Plevris and Georgia Kremmyda

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“Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Structures and Infrastructures (Advances in Civil and Industrial Engineering)” Book Review: This book lists research developments in the engineering field that are imperative for sustaining buildings against the threat of earthquakes and other natural disasters. It contains all the latest trends and emerging data associated with structural design. It covers key topics such as seismic assessments, shear wall structures and infrastructure resilience. It also lists best methods and techniques for designing solid structural designs. Book for students, professionals and researchers.

7. “Response Spectrum Method in Seismic Analysis and Design of Structures (New Directions in Civil Engineering)” by Ajaya Kumar Gupta

“Response Spectrum Method in Seismic Analysis and Design of Structures (New Directions in Civil Engineering)” Book Review: This textbook examines the wealth of information on the response spectrum method generated by the latest research. It contains applications of methods that are essential in the seismic design of critical structures, such as nuclear power plants and petroleum facilities. Reference for civil, structural, mechanical, and earthquake engineers.

8. “Seismic Design of Building Structures: A Professional’s Introduction to Earthquake Forces and Design Details” by Michael R Lindeburg and McMullin

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“Seismic Design of Building Structures: A Professional’s Introduction to Earthquake Forces and Design Details” Book Review: This book includes key terms and seismic building codes. It contains a review of seismic theory, code application, design principles and structural analysis. It also demonstrates how to apply concepts, codes and equations to solve realistic problems. Topics covered include basic seismology, details of seismic-resistant structures, diaphragm theory, earthquake characteristics, effects of earthquakes on structures and vibration theory.

9. “Ductile Seismic Design of Steel-Concrete Composite Structures” by Srour Nofal

“Ductile Seismic Design of Steel-Concrete Composite Structures” Book Review: This book provides adequate limitations on mechanical properties for steel products. It shows how the design method strongly depends on actual mechanical properties of materials. It discusses the possibility that the actual yield strength of steel is higher than the nominal yield strength in dissipative zones. The book lists suitable harmonized rules and recommendations for production standards and structural regulations for steel-concrete composite structures located at earthquake-prone areas.

10. “Seismic Design Guidelines for Port Structures” by International Navigation Association Brussels

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“Seismic Design Guidelines for Port Structures” Book Review: The book contains international guidelines for seismic design of port structures. It addresses the limitations inherent in conventional design and how to establish the framework for an evolutionary design strategy based on seismic response and performance requirements. It also discusses the diverse nature of port facilities throughout the world, where the required functions of port structures, economic and social environment and seismic activities may differ from region to region. The book introduces basic earthquake engineering concepts and a strategy for performance-based design. It also lists the technical commentaries and specific aspects of seismic analysis and design. It also provides examples of various applications of the guidelines. It provides integrated guidelines in order to provide a flexible and consistent methodology for the seismic design of port facilities.

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