Current Trends in the Seismic Design and Assessment of Buildings

  • Andreas J. KapposEmail author
Part of the Geotechnical, Geological, and Earthquake Engineering book series (GGEE, volume 17)


Current trends in the seismic design and assessment of buildings are discussed, with emphasis on two procedures that merit some particular attention, displacement-based procedures and deformation-based procedures. A number of selected case-studies are summarised, involving reinforced concrete (R/C) buildings designed to the aforementioned procedures. Then, an overview of the currently available procedures for seismic assessment is presented and the different designs are assessed using state-of-the-art methods involving inelastic analysis of the static and/or dynamic type; alternative designs are compared in terms of economy and seismic performance, and some general conclusions are drawn regarding the feasibility of introducing the new procedures in seismic codes.


Plastic Hinge Pushover Analysis Target Displacement SDOF System Interstorey Drift 
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A number of the author’s students have made significant contributions to some of the studies summarised herein. The contributions of S. Stefanidou, S. Papista, and G. Panagopoulos, graduate students at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and A. Manafpour, former graduate student at Imperial College, London, are particularly acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Concrete and Masonry Structures, Department of Civil EngineeringAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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