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Academic Program

StudiesThe academic program consists of two semesters (Fall and Spring) of study from September to May plus a masters-level dissertation that has to be completed during the summer term (June through August). The study program requires successful completion of the nine post-graduate level courses which are listed below. Specifically, these courses include lectures, laboratory exercises and computations, the completion of a small project, plus the usual end-of-term examinations. In addition, students will be required to attend all relevant seminars that will be scheduled during the academic year. The dissertation has to be completed in consultation with at least one faculty member teaching in this post-graduate program.

The post-graduate level courses are:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

1. Engineering Seismology and Soil Dynamics

5. Earthquake-Resistant Design of Foundations, Retaining Walls and Earth Structures

Elements of Seismology. Strong ground motion. Seismic hazard analysis. Measurements of dynamic properties. Laboratory and field tests. Liquefaction. Ground response analysis. Response spectra. Seismic design codes. Earthquake-resistant design of surface foundations, pile foundations and retaining structures. Dynamic soil-foundation-structure interaction. Seismic design of earth structures. Seismic stability of soil and rock slopes. Mechanical properties of faults under seismic loading.
Obligatory Obligatory

2. Computational Mechanics for Earthquake-Resistant Structures

6. Seismic damage - Repairs - Strengthening - Seismic risk assessment

Material behavior under dynamic loading. Dynamic analysis of structures. Finite element method. Numerical methods in structural dynamics. Pathology-vulnerability of r/c and masonry structures due to seismic actions. Methods and techniques of underpinning, repair and strengthening. Assessment and evaluation of damages. Planning of pre- and post-earthquake structural repairs. Preparation of guidelines for repair and strengthening.
Obligatory Obligatory

3. Design, Modeling and Analysis of Earthquake-Resistant Buildings

7. Experimental Earthquake Engineering

Preliminary design of earthquake-resistant building structures. Topics in modeling of multistory buildings. Dynamic analysis methods. Seismic design codes: provisions and regulations. Numerical examples and use of computer programs. Experimental analysis of materials, structural elements and systems under pseudo-dynamic, dynamic and seismic loads. Sensors and instrumentation. Analysis of dynamic response measurements in the time and frequency domain. Loading arrangements and experimental set-ups. Correlation of measured response.
Obligatory Obligatory

4. Earthquake-Resistant Design of R/C structures

8. Earthquake-Resistant Design of Masonry Structures

Basic principles of earthquake-resistant design; layout of load-bearing system, seismic actions, ductility, capacity design. Special problems in design, analysis, dimensioning and seismic energy absorption mechanisms in concrete structures. Basic principles of earthquake-resistant design; layout of load-bearing system, seismic actions, ductility. Special problems in design, analysis, dimensioning and seismic energy absorption mechanisms in masonry structures.
Obligatory Optional

9. Earthquake-Resistant Design of R/C Bridges

Earthquake-resistant design of concrete bridges (r/c and pre-stressed) and of their foundations.
Optional

10. Earthquake-Resistant Design of Steel Structures

Basic principles of earthquake-resistant design; layout of load-bearing system, seismic actions, ductility, capacity design. Special problems in design, analysis, dimensioning and seismic energy absorption mechanisms in steel structures.
Optional
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