École Polytechnique
Seismology to Earthquake Engineering
École Polytechnique

Seismology to Earthquake Engineering

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Jean François Semblat
Benjamin RICHARD
Cédric Giry

Instructors: Jean François Semblat


(27 reviews)

Intermediate level

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • How seismic waves propagate

  • How earthquakes are generated

  • How structures withstand seismic shaking

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There are 6 modules in this course

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1 video

The first week allows to discover the Earth structure, the plate tectonics, the behaviour of faults in the crust and the radiation of seismic waves. The seismicity of the Earth is studied and that of Mars is shown as well! The control of faults and the magnetic properties of the Earth are finally explained.

What's included

11 videos2 quizzes

Various types of seismic waves are presented through both actual observations and theoretical interpretation. Their propagation and amplification in heterogeneous geological structures are discussed (soil layers, alluvial basins). The application to site characterization is finally proposed.

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8 videos2 quizzes

The seismic soil response is analyzed first. The simplified soil response is then converted into a so-called response spectrum for sake of seismic design. The seismic response of structures is discussed through eigenmodes, modal superposition and modal recombination. Seismic isolation and in situ dynamic characterization of structures is also presented.

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10 videos3 quizzes

Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction and Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction are presented first. Typical nonlinear behaviours of structures are then analyzed. The seismic response of structures is finally discussed through simplified (e.g. push-over) and time history nonlinear analyses.

What's included

8 videos2 quizzes

Vulnerability and damage assessment are introduced first. They are illustrated for masonry structures in the field and concrete structures on shaking tables. The effect of uncertainties is then discussed in order to derive fragility curves. Finally catastrophe and loss models are explained.

What's included

7 videos1 quiz


Instructor ratings
4.9 (8 ratings)
Jean François Semblat
École Polytechnique
2 Courses20,099 learners
Benjamin RICHARD
École Polytechnique
1 Course4,480 learners
Cédric Giry
École Polytechnique
1 Course4,480 learners

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