American Society of Civil Engineers

Bending of Multi-Bin RC Cylindrical Silos

by C. A. Prato, A.M.ASCE, (Proj. Engr., INCONAS Consulting Engrs., Crisol 31, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina; Prof., Nat. Univ. of Córdoba, Argentina) and L. A. Godoy, (Assoc. Prof., Nat. Univ. of Córdoba, Argentina; Struct. Dept., Casilla de Correo 916, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina)

Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 115, No. 12, December 1989, pp. 3194-3200, (doi:

     Access full text
     Permissions for Reuse  

Document type: Technical Note
Abstract: Bending stresses caused by filling interstice cells in multi-bin reinforced concrete cylindrical silos are analyzed by means of a well-known finite strip solution for various radius-to-thickness and height-to-radius ratios. Numerical results show the influence of height-to-radius ratio in the solutions, setting a limit of that ratio above which bending analysis can be performed with simpler plane frame models with reasonable accuracy. It is shown that for shorter silos the plane frame model departs significantly from a more refined analysis. The finite strip method is shown to be useful for all aspect ratios used in practical applications.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Cylindrical tanks
Finite strip method
Reinforced concrete