Towards Reduction of the Vulnerability of Multi-Tank Storage Facilities

by K. van Breugel, Delft Univ of Technology, Netherlands,
J. P. G. Ramler, Delft Univ of Technology, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


Accident scenarios in large scale industrial plants show that conventionally designed multi-tank storage facilities are susceptible to domino effects. With the aim to reduce the probability of domino effects the potentialities of Prestressed Concrete Pressure Vessels (PCPV) have been investigated. For a fictitious LPG-storage facility, built up of either conventional Steel Pressure Vessels (SPV's) or PCPV's, 24 accident scenarios were analysed. The calculated probability of a domino effect in a SPV-storage facility was found to be in close agreement with existing records. In the case of PCPV-facilities this probability would be zero. Design and cost aspects of PCPV's are dealt with.

Subject Headings: Storage facilities | Pressure vessels | Ship collisions | Ships | Building design | Steel structures | Industrial facilities | Storage tanks

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