EQE 688 - Earthquake Physics and Tectonics

COURSE NO AND TITLE : EQE 688 - Earthquake Physics and Tectonics

INSTRUCTORS : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gülüm Tanırcan ve Prof. Dr. Ali Pınar
COURSE OBJECTIVES : Understanding of basic physics of earthquake source, source dominated ground motion generation techniques by kinematic and dynamic approaches

Tectonics (1-4 weeks)

Seismicity and Crustal Strength

Rupture complexity

Faulting mechanisms,and principal stres axes

Fault scaling laws

Regional stres tensor

Frictional coefficients of faults

Coulomb stres changes associated with earthquakes

Seismic Energy of Complex Faulting Process (5-7 weeks)

Static and Kinetic estimate of seismic energy /Stress drop, particle velocity, Rupture velocity /Scaling of earthquake process, Self-similarity

Dynamic Description of Earthquake Sources

Earthquake Source (7-10 weeks)

Kinematic Description of Earthquake Sources

Spatio-temporal variation of slip on a fault

Basic Theorem in Generating Seismic motions from Earthquake Sources

Low frequency strong motion inversions;

Ground Motion Generation Techniques (10-13 weeks)

Simulation of ground motion with Green’s function technique

(Theoretical and empirical techniques)


DURATION & HOURS PER WEEK : 13 weeks -3 hours/week


Assignments  60 %

A Term Project  40 %


  •  “The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting” by C.Scholz, Cambridge Press, 2002.
  • “Principles of Seismology” by A.Udias, Cambridge Press, 1999.
  • “Earthquake Motion and Ground Conditions” edited by The Architectural Insititute of Japan,1993.
  • “Earthquake Engineering Handbook”, edited by Chen and Schawtorn, CRC Press, 2003
  • “Earthquake Hazard Analysis”, issues and insights, by Leon Reiter, Columbia University Press, 1991
  • “Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis”, Robin K. McGuire, EERI, 2004.
  • Journal Papers