Experimental Studies on Earthquake Response Behavior of Cylindrical Tanks

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H. Zui, T. Shinke

Applied Mechanics Center, Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe, Japan

A. Nishimura

Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 109(1), 50-57 (Feb 01, 1987) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3264855 History: Received February 25, 1986; Revised June 26, 1986; Online November 05, 2009


A series of dynamic tests for the seismic behavior of ground-supported liquid storage tanks are evaluated and compared with previous theoretical studies. Two model tanks were subjected to shaking table tests with particular attention to the influence of base fixity and geometric imperfections in the tank walls. Test results support numerical calculations which show that base fixity conditions strongly influence the seismic response of tanks. Although high radial accelerations are induced by the imperfections, they are not found to be significant factors in tank failure.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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