Dynamic Response Correlation of Cylindrical Tanks

by George C. Manos, Aristotelian Univ of Thessaloniki, Lab of Structural Analysis, Thessaloniki, Greece,
Ray W. Clough, Aristotelian Univ of Thessaloniki, Lab of Structural Analysis, Thessaloniki, Greece,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering: Performance, Design and Construction

Abstract: The May 1983 Coalinga Earthquake provided an opportunity to correlate earthquake performance of cylindrical liquid storage tanks with behavior observed in laboratory shaking table experiments. A 38. 5 ft diameter steel water tank which developed typical 'elephant's foot' buckling has been found to be a good prototype for a 12 ft diameter aluminum tank. The properties of the prototype and model are correlated. From these relationships, the measured dynamic stress response of the model is extrapolated to obtain the stresses induced in the prototype.

Subject Headings: Storage tanks | Cylindrical tanks | Earthquakes | Water tanks | Steel structures | Dynamic response | Load and resistance factor design | Joints

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