Course Title : Earthquake and Wind Resistance of Structures, and Related Structural Design Principles

Code 35350
Course Year 3rd year
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Friday・2
Location N3
Credits 2
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Shirato, Sugiura, Sawada, Takahashi

Course Description

To understand fundamentals of design theory for civil infrastructures. To explain various design loads, including dead load, live load, temperature load, seismic load, and wind load, limit states of structures and their evaluation, demand performance. To design structures considering reliability, optimal design, serviceability, aesthetics, and environment.


Based on the performance during the course (including homework) and the results of a final examination.

Course Goals

To understand fundamentals of design for civil infrastructures.
To understand fundamentals of load, limit state of structures, reliability design and optimal design.
To understand fundamentals of characteristics of natural wind, aerodynamics of structures, design wind and wind resistant design.
To understand fundamentals of earthquake mechanism and seismic response of structures, seismic load, and seismic design.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction of design theory of civil infrastructure 2 Design theory of civil infrastructures is introduced. The concept and significance of design, objective of design, characteristics of civil infrastructures, flow of design process, mechanical design, multi-level decision making are discussed. Engineering ethics are also explained.
Introduction of load 3 Design loads for civil infrastructures are introduced. The characteristics and classification of design loads are explained and their quantitative expression is discussed. Especially statistic characteristics of random loads, i.e. seismic load and wind load, are explained.
Prediction of earthquake ground motion and earthquake response of structure 2 Methods for predicting earthquake ground motion are introduced based on the theories of earthquake mechanism and ground vibration. Equation of motion for the single degree of freedom system and its solution is also explained in order to estimate earthquake response of structure. Design methods for infrastructures are interpreted on the basis of theories of elasticity and plasticity.
Characteristics of natural wind and aerodynamics of structures 2 The characteristics of natural wind and strong wind are explained and process of design wind for structures is discussed. And various aerodynamics (vortex-induced vibration, galloping, flutter, buffeting, etc.) acting on structural section with various geometric shape and their generation mechanism are explained.
Limit state of structure and reliability analysis 3 The outline of structural safety analysis is introduced for serviceability, ultimate and fatigue limit of structures. As for uncertanities in various actions to structures and the resistance of structures, the design methods such as allowable stress method, limit states method with partial safety factors will be discussed in conjunction with reliability analysis.
Seismic design, wind resistant design, optimal design, and landscape design 3 Seismic design, wind resistant design, optimal design and landscape design for various structures, including long span bridge.


Hand-outs are distributed when necessary.



Probabilistic and Statistical Analysis and Exercises(35050), Dynamics of Soil and Structures(35120), Structural Mechanics I and Exercises(35110), Structural Mechanics II and Exercises(35140), and Fluid Mechanics.

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Office hour (contact information and consultation hours) of the lecturer will be given in the first lecture.