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Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

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  • Crosses disciplines to create a single reference work of considerable breadth

  • Covers all major aspects of the science of earthquake Engineering

  • Explains protection of natural and man-made environments

  • Considers the ways to limit the seismic risk to socio-economically acceptable Levels

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The Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering is designed to be the authoritative and comprehensive reference covering all major aspects of the science of earthquake engineering, specifically focusing on the interaction between earthquakes and infrastructure. The encyclopedia comprises approximately 265 contributions. Since earthquake engineering deals with the interaction between earthquake disturbances and the built infrastructure, the emphasis is on basic design processes important to both non-specialists and engineers so that readers become suitably well-informed without needing to deal with the details of specialist understanding. The content of this encyclopedia provides technically inclined and informed readers about the ways in which earthquakes can affect our infrastructure and how engineers would go about designing against, mitigating and remediating these effects. The coverage ranges from buildings, foundations, underground construction, lifelines and bridges, roads, embankments and slopes. The encyclopedia also aims to provide cross-disciplinary and cross-domain information to domain-experts. This is the first single reference encyclopedia of this breadth and scope that brings together the science, engineering and technological aspects of earthquakes and structures.

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Table of contents (264 entries)

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“This encyclopedia looks at structural engineering as it relates to earthquakes and seismic activity from modern world applications to modeling and analysis of natural and ancient structures. With depth and clarity in explanation, most entries are thorough, yet at a level the average undergraduate (in engineering, physics or similar) would understand. Most entries contain detailed images, diagrams and equations with step by step explanations. … Each entry is well researched, citing scholarly articles on the topic.” (Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, Reference Reviews, Vol. 30 (6), 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Computer Science in Civil Engineering, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, University Hannover, Hannover, Germany

    Michael Beer

  • Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, New York, USA

    Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou

  • Institute for Risk & Uncertainty and Centre for Engineering Sustainability, Liverpool, UK

    Edoardo Patelli

  • Institute for Risk & Uncertainty and Centre for Engineering Dynamics, Liverpool, UK

    Siu-Kui Au

About the editors

The Editors have gathered their complementary experience and expertise in universities worldwide and on different professional trajectories.

Michael Beer, Dr.-Ing., obtained his degrees in civil engineering from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He worked at Rice University as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and held a faculty position at National University of Singapore in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Beer was a professor and the founding director of the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty in the University of Liverpool. He is now professor and head of the Institute for Computer Science in Civil Engineering at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, as well as a guest professor in Tongji University, Shanghai, China and a part-time professor in the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty, University of Liverpool.

Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou, Ph.D., obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the civil and environmental engineering department of Rice University, Texas, USA. He also holds a five-year Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, and is a professional/chartered civil engineer in Greece. He is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University, New York, USA.

Edoardo Patelli, Ph.D., obtained his degrees in nuclear engineering and Ph.D. in radiation science and technology from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He worked at the Institute for Engineering Mechanics, University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is currently a lecturer in uncertainty and engineering at the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty at the University of Liverpool, UK, and the head of computational technology for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification. Patelli is also an honorary member of the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Siu-Kui Au, Ph.D., is a chartered civil engineer in Hong Kong and obtained his B.Eng. and M.Phil. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (USA). He is currently a professor of uncertainty, reliability and risk at the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. Before joining Liverpool he has held faculty positions at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and the City University of Hong Kong. He was a visiting professor at the Tokyo City University (Japan) and Wuhan University (China).

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