Earthquake Resistant Design and
of Reinforced Concrete Buildings
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Push Over method
Ductility and fracture of reinforced
concrete structural members
Redesign and strengthening
Aim of this
book is to describe in a simple and concise
way the modern
methodology of earthquake resistant design
and strengthening of reinforced concrete
buildings. The rapid developments worlwide
on this field during the last 20 years are
recorded in numerous publications and
reference books. These developments
affected the modern codes and are
increasingly applied in everyday practice.
though for their correct application is an
organized and thorough study.
prove even in Greece that the majority of
the existing buildings
are not safe. On the other hand, science has
already reached a point where the
seismic evaluation of an existing building
regarding the stages of damages and
collapse is possible. New materials, new
analysis methods, the use of computers
and knowledge of application of modern
construction techniques significantly
contribute in the solution of the problem of
earthquake resistance of buildings.
resistant design or strengthening is not
just following the
regulations. It is a complex process
demanding deeper knowledge, experience and
imagination. Basic criteria are already
placed on a new basis. We are mainly talking
today about objectives such as ductile
behaviour and avoidance of brittle failure
result to the
non-linear response of the building under
static and dynamic loads.
earthquake was simulated through a
horizontal loading on an extremely
simplified elastic model of a
‘storey’ and the design was based on
stresses. The nature of the earthquake and
the actual behaviour of the structure in a
higher stress state were not considered at
of this book is the result of a creative
procedure of the last
decade where many colleagues contributed
either directly or indirectly. First of all
writing the code of the modern earthquake-resistant
Tsikos, F. Heraklides, M. Skamantzoura and
M. Koutsokosta who did the
electronic processing of the book. The
chapters on ductility and fracture of
are based on
the research of the author between 1980-1985
in ETH Zuerich under
Prof. B. Thuerlimann. For the planning and
materialization of the projects based on
the pushover method collaboration with V.
Abakoumkin, D. Ziakas, N. Ktenas, Chr.
Kostikas, E. Makrykostas, E. Mystakides, E.
Papageorgiou and the late P.
Papakyriakopoulos as well as the swiss
colleagues J. Theiler, H. Elmer, C. Graber,
H. Maag and P. Stephen of cubus
proved valuable. I would also thank the
collaborators that since 1990 contributed to
this effort J. Georgiades, N.
Glynatsis, M. Doumeni, K. Zisimou, A.
Natsias, N. Metsis, A. Syrrakou, M. Niaka
thanks to E. Papageorgiou and D. Pentzas for
their effort and
review the draft and their remarks and
clarifications that were included in the
of this book in English has been performed
by D. Pentzas with
a lot of care and hard work. Its very
difficult to render such a specialized
script in a
foreign language, unless one is very well
versed in the particular subject.
Finally I have
to thank the hundreds of colleagues that are
for their everyday planning practice and
flood us with remarks and
suggestions. I hope this book will prove to
be useful for the elaboration of their
earthquake-resistant designs and generally
to give them ideas for new approaches.
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