An Improved Design for Grain Storage Tanks Solves Problem of Brittle Failures

by German Gurfinkel, Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Ill., Urbana, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 3, Pg. 75-77

Document Type: Feature article


The welded tank features fracture-tough steel and tube stiffeners to overcome problems evident in several failures of major tanks in recent years. Used extensively for grain storage in the Midwest, these tanks are subject to grain-induced meridional compressive forces. A new design features fracture-tough steel, elimination of built- discontinuities, and prevention of excessive tension-stress fields.

Subject Headings: Storage tanks | Crops | Brittleness | Failure analysis | Cracking | Steel columns | Welding | Stiffening

Services: Buy this book/Buy this article


Return to search