Behavior of building under earthquake

4 Virtues Of Earthquake Resistant Building Design

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It is the goal of every civil engineer and structure designer to design and create buildings that are earthquake resistant. The buildings designed by a structure engineer should suffer minimum damage during earthquakes. Following are the 4 virtues of earthquake resistant building design discussed in detail.

Good Lateral Strength

Buildings should possess good strength in lateral directions to bear the earthquake stresses.

Good Lateral Stiffness

For a building, it is vital to have good lateral stiffness. Good lateral stiffness ensures that deflections are not excessive and damage will be the minimam.

Proper Ductile Detailing

If a building has properly detailed for ductility, then only non-load bearing elements will be prone to collapse. Also, important elements of buildings will suffer less damage. Good ductility will allow deformation between base of the building and the roof of it.

Good Structural Configuration

This could be achieved by proper positioning of beams and columns. Moreover, the size, shape, and reinforcement of all the elements should be chosen with highly analytical thinking.

These are the 4 virtues that drive the design to be earthquake-resistant.

Read Also-
IS 1893-2016 [Criteria for earthquake resistant building design – Latest PDF Download-Civil Engineering]

IS 4326-2013[PDF] earthquake resistant design of structures Download

IS 4326-2013 [PDF] Download (A Code on earthquake resistant design of buildings)

IS 456:2000 Code for Plain And Reinforced Concrete

External Resources-

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering