Seismic loading

Seismic loading is one of the basic concepts of earthquake engineering which means application of an earthquake-generated agitation[1] to a structure. It happens at contact surfaces of a structure either with the ground,[2] or with adjacent structures,[3] or with gravity waves from tsunami.

Seismic loading depends, primarily, on:

Sometimes, seismic load exceeds ability of a structure to resist it without being broken, partially or completely Due to their mutual interaction, seismic loading and seismic performance of a structure are intimately related.[4]

See also


  1. Hudson, Donald E. (1990) [1979]. Reading and Interpreting Strong Motion Accelerograms. Engineering monographs on earthquake criteria, structural design, and strong motion records. 1. EERI. ISBN 0-685-14388-0.
  2. The Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Portal
  3. Seismic Pounding between Adjacent Building Structures
  4. Reitherman, Robert (2012). Earthquakes and Engineers: An International History. Reston, VA: ASCE Press. ISBN 9780784410714.
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