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Protection and safety of the territory and of the built environment
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Manuela Cecconi
Course Regulation
Coorte 2018
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa integrata

Code A000929
Teacher Manuela Cecconi
  • Manuela Cecconi - Didattica Ufficiale
  • 40 ore - Didattica Ufficiale - Manuela Cecconi
Learning activities Caratterizzante
Area Ingegneria della sicurezza e protezione civile, ambientale e del territorio
Sector ICAR/07
Type of study-unit Obbligatorio (Required)
Language of instruction Italian
Contents Introduction to Soil Mechanics and basic concepts of Rock Mechanics.
Principles of Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
Design criteria and stability verifications aimed at the safety of geotechnical works/systems.
Reference texts 1. Lectures notes.
2. "Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering" di Kramer, 1996, Prentice Hall.
3. "Risposta sismica locale", di Lanzo, Silvestri, 1999, Hevelius Edizioni.
4. "Introduction to Rock Mechanics" di Goodman, 1989, Wiley.
Educational objectives The purpouse of this course is to introduce the Student to the concepts, theories and procedures of Geotechnical Engineering finalized to the safety and protection of geotechnical systems in static and seismic conditions.
Prerequisites In order to fully understand the topics of this Course, Students have to know the basic concepts of Geotechnics, dealt with during the basic courses of a 3-years Degree in Civil Engineering.
Teaching methods Face to face (4 hours per week) and practical training in class.
Possible field trips.
Other information Attending the lessons is optional but strongly suggested.
Learning verification modality Oral exam.
The exam will take not more than 45 min. The exam is aimed at verifying: a) the level of knowledge; b) the ability of the Student to discuss possible design solutions aimed at verifying the safety of geotechnical works and systems in seismic areas.
Extended program Introduction to Soil Mechanics and basic concepts of Rock Mechanics.
Dynamic soil properties from
in situ investigations and laboratory testing. Seismic actions.
Design criteria and stability verifications for excavation cuts, natural rock/soil slopes and other geotechnical works/systems. Pseudostatic and Newmark-type pseudodynamic approaches.
Numerical examples and case hystories.

Code A000928
Teacher Andrea Cannata
  • Andrea Cannata - Didattica Ufficiale
  • 48 ore - Didattica Ufficiale - Andrea Cannata
Learning activities Caratterizzante
Area Ingegneria della sicurezza e protezione civile, ambientale e del territorio
Sector GEO/11
Type of study-unit Obbligatorio (Required)
Language of instruction Italian
Contents The "seismology and seismic risk" course deals with the study of:
- stress and strain, and seismic wave propagation;
- earthquake characteristics: source, size, location, statistical laws;
- earthquake effects and seismic risk.
Reference texts Stein, S., Wysession, M. (2003). An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, Blackwell Publishing.
Shearer, P. M. (2011). Introduction to Seismology, 2nd edition. Cambridge.
Lay, T., Wallace, T.C. (1995). Modern Global Seismology. Academic Press.
Treatise of Geophysics, 2nd edition (2015). Elsevier.
Kramer, A.L. (1996). Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. Prentice Hall College.
New Manual of Seismological Observatory Practice (NMSOP-2). http://bib.telegrafenberg.de/publizieren/vertrieb/nmsop/
Notes from the lessons.
Educational objectives The main objective of the "seismology and seismic risk" course is to provide students the basic knowledge on the earthquake physics and the seismic risk assessment.
The main knowledge gained will be:
- basic elements on earthquake physics and parameters useful to describe the earthquakes;
- basic elements on risk, and in particular on seismic risk.
The main ability gained will be:
- critical thinking ability on seismic processes and their hazard;
- comprehensive view of the seismic risk issue;
- use of technical scientific language.
Prerequisites In order to understand the topics described within the course, it is important to have the basics of physics and mathematics.
Teaching methods Face to face, pratical training.
Other information Office hours:
Tuesday 9-13
Wednesday: 9-13
Learning verification modality The exam is written, and aims to ascertain the knowledge level and the understanding capability acquired by the student on theoretical and methodological contents as indicated on the program.
Extended program Introductory concepts: dot product, cross-product, gradient, divergence, curl, seismogram, spectral analysis, convolution, filters.
Stress and strain: stress tensor, strain tensor, elastic moduli, Lamé parameters.
Elastic waves: wave equation, body waves, surface waves, Huygens and Fermat laws, Snell law, Zoeppritz-Knott equations, machanisms of seismic decrease amplitude, diffraction, normal modes.
Earthquake source: elastic rebound, seismic cycle, focal mechanisms, moment tensor, stress drop.
Earthquake size: definition of magnitude, local event magnitude, distant event magnitude, magnitude saturation, moment magnitude, energy, intensity.
Hypocentral location: single station, multiple stations, relative locations.
Earthquake statistics: Gutenberg-Richter law, Omori law, Bath law.
Geodesy and earthquakes: ground deformation measurements by GPS and SAR, coseismic and interseismic deformations.
Earthquake prediction and stress transfer: earthquake cycle, precursors, static stress, dynamic stress.
Seismic risk: hazard, vulnerability, exposure, risk, multirisk, seismic microzonation, local seismic response.
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