This textbook presents the fundamentals of Soil Dynamics, combined with the basic principles, theories and methods of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. It is designed for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students in Civil Engineering & Architecture. The text will also be useful to young faculty members, practising engineers and consultants. Besides, teachers will find it a useful reference for preparation of lectures and for designing short courses in Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. The book first presents the theory of vibrations and dynamics of elastic system as well as the fundamentals of engineering seismology. With this background, the readers are introduced to the characteristics of Strong Ground Motion, and Deterministic and Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. The risk analysis and the reliability process of geotechnical engineering are presented in detail. An in-depth study of dynamic soil properties and the methods of their determination provide the basics to tackle the dynamic soil structure interaction problems. Practical problems of dynamics of beam foundation systems, dynamics of retaining walls, dynamic earth pressure theory, wave propagation and liquefaction of soil are treated in detail with illustrative examples.
About the Author
Bharat Bhushan Prasad, Ph.D., is Professor and Head of Civil Engineering, Krishna Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ghaziabad. Earlier, he served as Director in the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Bihar and also as Professor of Civil Engineering at Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Bihar. Dr. Prasad graduated in Civil Engineering in 1966 winning Gold Medal of Patna University. He secured his M.Tech degree in Geotechnical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975 and Ph.D. degree in 1987. Apart from 30 years’ experience in teaching and research, he has worked as a renowned consultant in the field of geotechnical engineering. Dr. Prasad has taught Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering to senior undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has been associated with several earthquake resistant designs and construction of structures. He has guided several research scholars in Ph.D. programmes. Besides 21 publications to his credit in international journals/symposiums, he was also awarded the gold medal in 1979 by the Indian Geotechnical Society, for the best research paper in the field of soil dynamics.
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