Earthquake Resistant Design and
of Reinforced Concrete Buildings
PDF's of the Book
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.
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
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
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
about objectives such as ductile behaviour
and avoidance of brittle failure that
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 P.
Dimitrakopoulos writing the code of the
modern earthquake-resistant design software
and N. Tsikos, F. Heraklides, M.
Skamantzoura and M. Koutsokosta who did the
electronic processing of the book.
The chapters on ductility and fracture of
concrete 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 select
cubus Hellas collaborators that since
1990 contributed to this effort J.
Glynatsis, M. Doumeni, K. Zisimou, A.
Natsias, N. Metsis, A. Syrrakou, M. Niaka
thanks to E. Papageorgiou and D. Pentzas for
their effort and
time to 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
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
software 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
designs and generally to give them ideas for