EQE 695 – Special Topics in Earthquake Engineering: “Seismic Safety of Industrial Facilities"

COURSE NO AND TITLE : EQE 695 – Special Topics in Earthquake Engineering: “Seismic Safety of Industrial Facilities“

INSTRUCTOR : Assoc. Prof. Eren Uçkan
 
COURSE OBJECTIVES : The course focuses on the seismic  behavior and risk mitigation of  critical non building structures and buried pipes which are commonly used in water and hydrocarbon transportation and storage industries.
 
COURSE SYLLABUS : 
  • Terminology
  • Classification of storage units in industry (Ground supported, elevated, atmospheric and  pressurised tanks, vessels and silos)
  • Classification of water and oil transportation utilities and  pipes: segmented and continous pipes

Tanks:

  • Performance of liquid and dry material storage tanks during earthquakes
  • Simplified models for analysing tank-lquid systems
  • Risk mitigation measures in tanks by base isolation, energy absorbing devices

Buried pipes :

  • Behavior of  segmented and continous pipes under wave propogation and permenant ground deformation ground hazards
  • Fragility expressions
  • Performance based design of steel pipes at abrupt (fault crossings) and spatial (landslide-debris flow)  
 
PREREQUISITES : Knowledge of structural dynamics and the familiarity with the commonly used FE software.
 
DURATION & HOURS PER WEEK : 12 weeks, 3 hours per week
 
GRADING BASIS : Term projects  will be assigned from one of the  above mentioned topics (Tanks or Buried pipes); no mid-term or final exam.
 
REFERENCE TEXTBOOKS : 

( Relevant papers will be distributed in the class )

  • Response of Buried Pipelines Subject to Earthquake Effects: MCEER99-MN03 by M.J. O'Rourke and X. Liu
  • Seismic Design of Buried and Offshore Pipelines 12-MN04  by M.J. O'Rourke and (Jack) X. Liu
  • AmericanLifelinesAlliance  Seismic Guidelines for Water Pipelines ALA 2005