Settlement of Tanks on Clay

by J. Michael Duncan, (F.ASCE), Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,
Timothy B. D'Orazio, (A.M.ASCE), Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,
Phil Myers, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments

Abstract: Steel tanks for storage of water, oil, and other liquids are capable of withstanding large, but not unlimited, settlements without damage. In most cases shallow foundations provide adequate support, and settlements can be estimated with reasonable accuracy using conventional procedures. Observations of the behavior of steel tanks during hydrostatic tests and during service provides a basis for how much settlement and differential settlement can be tolerated under various conditions. Case histories of tank construction and rehabilitation afford examples of techniques that can be used to reduce the magnitudes of tank settlements, or to repair tanks and tank foundations where excessive settlement has occurred.

Subject Headings: Foundation settlement | Soil settlement | Storage tanks | Steel structures | Foundation construction | Structural analysis | Soil analysis | Soil-structure interaction

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