Buckling of Cooling Towers

by John F. Abel, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Struct. Engrg.; Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.,
David P. Billington, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J.,
Dennis A. Nagy, (M.ASCE), Prof. Leader; SDRC-Engrg. Gmbh, Wiesbaden, West Germany,
Christine Wiita-Dworkin,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 10, Pg. 2162-2174

Document Type: Journal Paper


The main goal of this study is to provide a clearer basis for judging the succeding safety of wind-loaded cantilever hyperboloidal shells. New predictions for cooling tower buckling are presented and compared with newly available experimental information. Various analysis techniques are evaluated, and the equivalent axisymmetric approach (including suction) is identified as a useful compromise between the accuracy and economy of calculation.

Subject Headings: Buckling | Cooling towers | Safety | Wind loads | Cantilevers | Axisymmetry | Suction

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