Tank Foundations in Eastern Venezuela

by Emery D. Carlson,
Stephen P. Fricano,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1961, Vol. 87, Issue 5, Pg. 69-90

Document Type: Journal Paper


The foundation experience obtained from over 500 oil storage tanks constructed in Eastern Venezuela is presented in summary form. The 20 yr settlement record of a twenty-eight-tank terminal constructed on soft clay soils is given. It is observed that large steel storage tanks can be successfully operated with shell settlements as large as 3 ft and bottom settlements as much as 2 ft greater than those of the shell.

Subject Headings: Storage tanks | Soil settlement | Machine foundations | Developing countries | Clays | Soft soils | Foundation settlement | Energy storage | Venezuela | South America

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