EQE 520 Strong Ground Motion


INSTRUCTOR : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gülüm TANIRCAN

COURSE OBJECTIVES : It is intended to provide the students in earthquake engineering and earth science with the basic concepts and knowledge needed to understand the earthquake excitation, both in theory and in practice. The course encompasses the earthquake basic information, strong motion data processing and scaling, background of probabilistic and deterministic hazard/risk analyses and their analytical applications which become essential in estimation of design basis ground motion parameters for structures.


Earthquake Basics:

Plate tectonic and seismo-tectonic models,

Earthquake source,


Quantification of Earthquakes

Elasticity and Seismic Waves

Seismic waves, Stress & Strain Relationships

Equation of Motion – Wave Propagation

Fault planes solutions, Radiation pattern,

Source and Propagation Path Characteristics of


Strong Motion Measurements, Processing and Interpretation.

Time and frequency domain characteristics of strong motions, Instrumentations, Networks,

Strong Motion Processing procedures: Fourier, Power, Response, Design Wavelet spectra.

Introduction to MATLAB software and data processing

Strong Ground Motion Simulation/Strong Motion Scaling

Earthquake Hazard& Risk

Seismic source regionalization, Attenuation Relationships, Probabilistic/Deterministic Hazard, Probability of Occurrence /Exceedance, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment techniques.

DURATION & HOURS PER WEEK : 4 hours per week

GRADING BASIS :   Three (3) Assignments 30%

Term Project 40%

Final 30%


An Introduction to Random Vibrations, Spectral&Wavelet Analysis, by D.E. Newland, Prentice Hall,1993.

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, by Steven L. Kramer, Prentice Hall, 1996

Earthquake Engineering Handbook, edited by Chen and Schawtorn, CRC Press, 2003

Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis, Robin K. McGuire, EERI, 2004.

Earthquake Dynamics of Structure, A Primer, Anil A. Chopra, EERI, 2005.