Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis Procedures for Performance-based Earthquake Engineeri


Nell'ambito del Dottorato in Ingegneria Strutturale, Geotecnica e Rischio Sismico, nei giorni 15 gennaio – 3 febbraio 2021, ore 11:00-13:00, si terrà il corso breve Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis Procedures for Performance-based Earthquake Engineering (Instructors: Dr. HOSSEIN EBRAHIMIAN, Prof. FATEMEH JALAYER - Exercises: Dr. ANDREA MIANO).



Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis Procedures (NDAPs) are one of the main players for seismic evaluation in the modern performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE). These procedures are mainly coined as Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA), Multiple-Stripe Analysis (MSA), and Cloud Analysis (CA). This PhD course strives to provide an outlook into the application of these methods in seismic assessment of buildings within a PBEE framework. The proper application of NDAPs are closely entangled with the ground-motion record selection criteria and the choice of intensity measure(s) used for representing ground-motion intensity. NDAPs are quite versatile for analytical fragility and vulnerability assessment of buildings. Moreover, consideration of structural modelling uncertainties within NDAPs are quite challenging. Quantitative safety-checking, as an essential part of performance-based design and retrofit of new and existing construction, will also be discussed in the presence of different NDAPs. The course contains the application of CA, IDA, and MSA through a case-study existing building. The nonlinear dynamic analyses will be done in OpenSees, while MATLAB is used to link the structural demands to seismic evaluations and safety-checking through alternative NDAPs.


  • Friday 15/1/2021 - Introduction to different NDAPs including Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA), Multiple-Stripe Analysis (MSA), and Cloud Analysis (CA)
  • Monday 18/1/2021 - Ground-motion record selection for different NDAPs
  • Wednesday 20/1/2021 - Exercise
  • Thursday 2171/2021 - Alternative models for fragility estimation and vulnerability assessment based on different NDAPs
  • Friday 22/1/2021 - Exercise
  • Monday 25/1/2021 - Consideration of modelling uncertainties for different NDAPs
  • Wednesday 27/1/2021 - Application
  • Thursday 28/1/2021 - Quantitative safety-checking for performance-based design and retrofit using different NDAPs
  • Friday 29/1/2021 - Application
  • Monday 1/2/2021 - Evaluating the sufficiency and efficiency of different intensity measures / An outlook into NDAPs in seismic design codes
  • Wednesday 3/2/2021 - Application

The lectures are going to be held in English and online via Microsoft Teams. The duration of each lecture will be 2 hours from 11:00 to 13:00.

The date of the final exam is going to be decided during the course and compatible with students' calendar of activities.

Those who are interested in participating the course should send an email to the following addresses: (registration), and the instructors:,


Data: 15/01/2021