Structural Seismic Design Optimization and Earthquake Engineering: Formulations and Applications

Structural Seismic Design Optimization and Earthquake Engineering: Formulations and Applications

Vagelis Plevris (School of Pedagogical & Technological Education, Greece), Chara Ch Mitropoulou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) and Nikos D. Lagaros (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
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Release Date: May, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 456
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1640-0
ISBN13: 9781466616400|ISBN10: 1466616407|EISBN13: 9781466616417
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Throughout the past few years, there has been extensive research done on structural design in terms of optimization methods or problem formulation. But, much of this attention has been on the linear elastic structural behavior, under static loading condition. Such a focus has left researchers scratching their heads as it has led to vulnerable structural configurations. What researchers have left out of the equation is the element of seismic loading. It is essential for researchers to take this into account in order to develop earthquake resistant real-world structures.

Structural Seismic Design Optimization and Earthquake Engineering: Formulations and Applications focuses on the research around earthquake engineering, in particular, the field of implementation of optimization algorithms in earthquake engineering problems. Topics discussed within this book include, but are not limited to, simulation issues for the accurate prediction of the seismic response of structures, design optimization procedures, soft computing applications, and other important advancements in seismic analysis and design where optimization algorithms can be implemented. Readers will discover that this book provides relevant theoretical frameworks in order to enhance their learning on earthquake engineering as it deals with the latest research findings and their practical implementations, as well as new formulations and solutions.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Design optimization in earthquake engineering
  • Life cycle cost structural analysis
  • Optimal seismic performance-based design of structures
  • Optimization Algorithms
  • Performance-based structural design
  • Reliability based design optimization
  • Robust Design Optimization
  • Structural Optimization
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"In this resource, civil engineers from around the world show how tools of optimum design developed for linear elastic structure behavior can be applied in designing earthquake- resistant structures. Their topics include discrete variable structural optimization of systems under stochastic earthquake excitation, assessing the damage in inelastic structures under simulated critical earthquakes, and overall conceptual seismic design and local seismic capacity design for bridges..."

– Book News Inc., Research Book News, 2012
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Dr. Vagelis Plevris is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo, Norway. He holds a 5-year Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with specialization in Structural Engineering. He also holds an MSc from NTUA on "Structural Design and Analysis of Structures", a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and a PhD from the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA. The title of his Doctoral Thesis was "Innovative Computational Techniques for the Optimum Structural Design Considering Uncertainties". His research interests include (i) Finite Element Method (FEM); (ii) Static and Dynamic Analysis of Structures with FEM; (iii) Earthquake Engineering; (iv) Optimum Design of Structures; (v) Reliability and Probabilistic Analysis of Structures; and (vi) Neural Networks and their Applications in Engineering.
Dr. Chara Ch. Mitropoulou is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Structural Analysis and Seismic Research of the School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. She holds BSc, MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. She has participated in a number of research projects and consultancies in the areas of structural analysis and structural dynamics, shape, sizing and topology optimum design of structures, mathematical programming, performance based design of RC and steel structures as well as life cycle cost and fragility assessment of structures. Her publications include 4 book chapters, 2 papers in non-referred international scientific journals, 7 publications in referred international scientific journals and 13 papers in conference proceedings.
Dr. Nikos D. Lagaros is a Lecturer at the Institute of Structural Analysis and Seismic Research of the School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens and at the School of Corps of Engineers of the Hellenic Army since 2007. He is serving as treasurer of the Greek Association for Computational Mechanics, while he acts as NSF panellist at the Directorate for Engineering Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, since 2010. Dr. Lagaros provides consulting, peer-review and expert-witness services to private companies and federal government agencies in Greece. A focus of his consulting work is the assessment of buildings after earthquake events and the development of technical software. The results of his research activity encompass a wide range of topics with an interdisciplinary character in the field of computational mechanics. His published research work contains: 70 peer-reviewed journal papers, 1 book, 6 contributed books, 2 international conference proceedings, 15 chapters in international books, 135 papers in international conferences.
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