Drift-Driven Design of Buildings: Mete Sozen's Works on Earthquake Engineering (Hardcover)

Drift-Driven Design of Buildings: Mete Sozen's Works on Earthquake Engineering By Santiago Pujol, Ayhan Irfanoglu, Aishwarya Puranam Cover Image
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This book summarizes the most essential concepts that every engineer designing a new building or evaluating an existing structure should consider in order to control the damage caused by drift (deformation) induced by earthquakes. It presents the work on earthquake engineering done by Dr. Mete Sozen and dozens of his collaborators and students over decades of experimentation, analysis, and reconnaissance. Many of the concepts produced through this work are integral part of earthquake engineering today. Nevertheless, the connection between the concepts in use today and the original sources is not always explained. Drift-Driven Design of Buildings summarizes Sozen's research, provides common language and notation from subject to subject, provides examples and supporting data, and adds historical context as well as class notes that were the result of Sozen's dedication to teaching. It distills reinforced concrete building design to resist earthquake demands to its essence in a way that no other available book does. The recommendations provided are not only essential but also of the utmost simplicity which is not the result of uninformed neglect of relevant parameters but rather the result of careful consideration and selection of parameters to retain only those that are most critical.


Provides the reader with a clear understanding of the essential features that control the seismic response of RC buildings

Describes a simple (perhaps the simplest) seismic design method available

Includes the underlying hard data to support and explain the methods described

Presents decades of work by one of the most prolific and brilliant civil engineers in the United States in the second half of the 20th century

Drift-Driven Design of Buildings serves as a useful guide for civil and structural engineering students for self-study or in-class learning, as well as instructors and practicing engineers.

About the Author

Santiago Pujol is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Prior to moving to New Zealand, he was Professor of Civil Engineering at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University. His experience includes earthquake engineering, evaluation and strengthening of existing structures, response of reinforced concrete to impulsive loads and earthquake demands, instrumentation and testing of structures, and failure investigations. He is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and member of ACI committees 445 (Torsion and Shear), 314 (Simplified Design), 133 (Disaster Reconnaissance), 318F (Foundations), and 318W (Design for Wind). He is also member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), associate editor of Earthquake Spectra, and founder of datacenterhub.org (a site funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and dedicated to the systematic collection of research data). He received the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research from ACI, the Educational Award from Architectural Institute of Japan, and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Ayhan Irfanoglu is a Professor and Associate Head of Civil Engineering at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University. His research and teaching interests are in earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and modeling, engineering seismology, and classical methods of structural analysis. He is a member of ACI committees 314 (Simplified Design) and 133 (Disaster Reconnaissance). He is an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.Aishwarya Puranam is Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University. Her research interests are behavior of reinforced concrete, design, evaluation, and retrofit of buildings to resist earthquake demands, and large-scale experiments. She received the President's Fellowship from the American Concrete Institute in 2016, and the Best Dissertation Award from Purdue University in 2018.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032246574
ISBN-10: 103224657X
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: May 13th, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English