Hyperbolic Cooling Towers Under Seismic Design Load

by Phillip L. Gould,
Seng-Lip Lee,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 3, Pg. 87-110

Document Type: Journal Paper


A membrane theory analysis for shells formed by a hyperboloid of revolution is presented. Static seismic design load and dead load are considered and expressions are derived for both of these loading conditions. The boundary conditions applicable to these stresses and displacements are examined. Charts showing the influence of various shell parameters on the stress resultants and displacements, and tables giving the values of these quantities for a wide range of shell parameters are presented as design aids.

Subject Headings: Seismic loads | Dead loads | Cooling towers | Seismic design | Displacement (mechanics) | Parameters (statistics) | Membranes | Seismic tests

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