Guidelines for Seismic Evaluation and Design of Petrochemical Facilities

Task Committee on Seismic Evaluation and Design of Petrochemical Facilities of the Petrochemical Committee of the Energy Division of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-7844-0264-1 (ISBN-13) | 0-7844-0264-7 (ISBN-10), 1997, Soft Cover, Pg. 288
22 cm, [First Edition]
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


These guidelines are intended to provide practical recommendations on several areas which affect the safety of a petrochemical facility during and following an earthquake. In the area of new design, these guidelines emphasize interpretations of the intent of building codes as applied to petrochemical facilities, and practical guidance on design details and considerations which are not included in building codes. For existing facilities, these guidelines provide evaluation methodologies which rely heavily on experience from past earthquakes, coupled with focused analyses. The guidelines emphasize methods to address seismic vulnerabilities which are not covered by building codes, but which can be identified by experienced engineers. This document also provides background information and recommendations in several areas related to seismic safety where the civil engineer may be interacting with other disciplines and with plant operations. These areas include seismic hazards, contingency planning, and post-earthquake damage assessment.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Building design | Seismic tests | Chemicals | Petroleum | Earthquakes | Building codes | Standards and codes


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