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Introduction to Engineering Sesimology

Indian Institute of Technology Bangalore and NPTEL via Swayam


Introduction to Engineering Seismology is general course for anyone interested to know about earthquake. Initial part of study discusses about different seismic hazard, global seismicity and risk. Further gives theory behind earthquake, plate tectonics and seismic courses and fault. Theory of wave propagation and different types of earthquakes can also discuss in the course. Couse also covers quantification of earthquake size: Concept of Intensity and Magnitude; different earthquake scales. Seismic instruments, earthquake data and interpretation of seismic data. Source mechanism and simple source model differ predictive equations in seismology and Seismic hazard estimation with examples.Taking this course will help to understand earthquake hazard and know seismic optional of the region and better way of estimating the future seismic hazard.

Civil Engineering, Geology, Engineering Science, GeoPhysics, Earthquake Engineering
INDUSTRIES SUPPORT :Any Company involved on seismic related studies



Week 1: Introduction to earthquake hazards- Global seismicity and Seismic risk. History of Engineering Seismology and Earthquake types Week 2: Elastic Rebound Theory; Earthquake sources; Plate tectonics, and Plate Boundaries: Continental Drift Week 3: Theory of Wave Propagation Seismic wave propagation, Types of seismic waves, Wave chanters and Shadow zones Week 4: Concept of Earthquake Measurement, Seismic Intensity and Magnitudes Scales. Past earthquake Energy and Comparable Explosive testsWeek 5: Earthquake Instruments, Sensors and Data Loggers, Mechanical and Digital sensors; Seismic StationWeek 6: Interpretation of Seismic Records: Identification of made events and natural earthquake; Time and frequency domain characteristic of ground motionWeek 7: Regional Seismicity, Earthquakes in India and Most important Global Earthquakes; Concept of Seismic Zonation and Methodology for Seismic microzonationWeek 8: Predicative Models in Earthquake Engineering- Attenuation Relation; Intensity, Duration and Ground Motion Predictive RelationWeek 9: Earthquake Catalog preparation, Source Map preparation; Homogenization and Declustering of earthquake data and preparation of Seismotectonic maps Week 10:Seismic Hazard Parameters: a and B values, Recurrence relations and Maximum magnitude: Region Specific Approach for estimation Parameters and Selection of predictive equations Week 11:Seismic Hazard Analysis: Deterministic and Probabilistic Methods; Rupture based approach Week 12:Seismic Hazard Analysis Case studies and Worked examples

Taught by

Prof. Anbazhagan P

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