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Earthquake science book

  1. Jun 7, 2015 #1
    Can some name easy understanding book related to earthquakes, seismic analysis so that non civil engineer or geologist etc can understand can this topic and seismic analysis basics.
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  3. Jun 7, 2015 #2
    It is my impression that seismic risk analyses just boil down to a fit of some power law to historic data.
  4. Jun 7, 2015 #3


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    The two parts of structural analysis involve the geophysical part and the structural engineering part.

    In the geophysical part, one attempts to determine the potential ground motion that are characteristic of a certain site, usually based on historical evidence, and ideally, on data collected since seismic instrumentation has been put in service. Knowing the ground motion and ground accelerations, one develops inputs into a detailed seismic analysis.

    The structural engineering part involves the development of models that use inputs of ground motion and accelerations, and a detailed geometric (ideally CAD-based) model that capture the forces/accelerations on components as well as the entire structure. One then designs components and supports to withstand a best estimate (with uncertainties) design basis accident (DBA) and explore the consequences beyond the design basis.

    It's probably hard to find a good comprehensive textbook developed for non-civil or non-geologist folks, since the details are quite technical.

    Here are some textbooks in the fields, which might be understood by STEM majors.



    This book has an interesting comment: Elements of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
    "In order to reduce the seismic risk facing many densely populated regions worldwide, including Canada and the United States, modern earthquake engineering should be more widely applied. But current literature on earthquake engineering may be difficult to grasp for structural engineers who are untrained in seismic design. In addition no single resource addressed seismic design practices in both Canada and the United States until now. Elements of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics was written to fill the gap. It presents the key elements of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics at an introductory level and gives readers the basic knowledge they need to apply the seismic provisions contained in Canadian and American building codes."--Résumé de l'éditeur.
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  5. Jun 8, 2015 #4
    As a student of seismology I found "Introduction to seismology" by Peter Shearer to be a clear concise read. As a post-doctoral seismologist I still find it to be a useful reference.
  6. Jun 8, 2015 #5
    Thanks a lot, I will check these books contents and reviews and pick one
  7. Jun 8, 2015 #6


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