Seismic Restraint of Hazardous Process Piping

by V. N. Vagliente, Univ of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA,
Bahman Lashkari, Univ of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA,
C. A. Kircher, Univ of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures


The lack of appropriate guidelines for the design and installation of hazardous process piping in industrial facilities has created a potentially dangerous situation. Process piping carrying these liquids is usually supported only in the vertical direction. Seismically generated forces require the piping to be restrained horizontally. At the present time no building code addresses the design and installation of flexible piping systems in industrial facilities. This paper proposes a methodology from which piping system design guidelines can be developed and in so doing, attempts to fill a gap in the building codes.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Geohazards | Pipes | Building codes | Hazardous materials | Structural reliability | Materials processing

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