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Earthquake Engineering Handbook
edited by Wai-Fah Chen

  • Offers a practical perspective on the traditional and emerging techniques of earthquake engineering
  • Builds a background through a historical review of the problems associated with earthquakes, an introduction to dynamics, and an overview of earthquake risk management
  • Covers related geoscience topics, including seismogenesis, geotechnical earthquake engineering and liquefaction, soil structure interaction, probabilistic seismic hazard, and tsunamis, with a major emphasis on strong ground motion
  • Addresses structures from buildings and bridges to the infrastructure, including power, transportation, and communications systems
  • Explores new technologies, such as base isolation and structural control
  • Introduces new topics including casualty estimation, insurance, fire following earthquake, hazardous materials, and emergency planning

The Earthquake Engineering Handbook is a comprehensive resource that covers the spectrum of topics relevant to designing for and mitigating earthquakes. In it, international experts present engineering practices, research, and developments in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim countries. The emphasis is on professional applications, with discussion ranging from basic dynamics and geoscience to new technologies intended to avoid rather than resist the forces of earthquakes.

Covering both traditional and innovative practices, the Earthquake Engineering Handbook is the first professional reference that brings together all of earthquake engineering's many facets. Formulas, tables, and illustrations give immediate answers to questions arising in practice, and summaries of the essential elements of each topic paint a global picture from which readers can develop understanding and the ability to think beyond the results presented.


  1. Fundamentals
    • Earthquakes-Historical Perspective
    • Earthquake Risk Management-An Overview
    • Dynamics of Structures

  2. Geoscience Aspects
    • Earthquakes: Seismogenesis, Measurement and Distribution
    • Engineering Models of Strong Ground Motion
    • Simulation Modeling of Strong Ground Motion
    • Geotechnical and Foundation Aspects
    • Seismic Hazard Analysis
    • Tsunami and Seiche
    • Soil-Structure Interaction

  3. Structural Aspects
    • Building Code Provisions for Seismic Resistance
    • Seismic Design of Steel Structures
    • Reinforced Concrete Structures
    • Precast and Tilt-Up Buildings
    • Wood Structures
    • Seismic Behaviour, Design and Retrofitting of Masonry
    • Base Isolation
    • Bridges
    • Structural Control
    • Equipment and Systems
    • Seismic Vulnerabilify

  4. Infrastructure Aspects
    • Lifeline Seismic Risk
    • Buried Pipelines
    • Water and Wastewater Systems
    • Electrical Power Systems
    • Dams and Appurtenant Facilities
    • Ports Structures

  5. Special Topics
    • Human Impacts of Earthquakes
    • Fire Following Earthquake
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Loss Estimation
    • Insurance and Financial Risk Transfer
    • Emergency Planning
    • Developing an Earthquake Mitigation Program

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Earthquake Engineering Handbook
edited by Wai-Fah Chen and Charles Scawthorn
1,512 pages $218.95 + shipping
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