Study of the Performance of Petroleum Storage Tanks During Earthquakes, 1933-1995.
Study of the Performance of Petroleum Storage Tanks
During Earthquakes, 1933-1995.
Cooper, T. W.
NIST GCR 97-720; June 1997.
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Available from: National Technical Information Service
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Order number: PB99-132896
earthquakes; storage tanks
This study is primarly concerned with the performance of
petroleum storage tanks during earthquakes. Because of
the similarity in construction of water tanks,their
performance has also been included where relevant
information is available. The study covers the seismic
performance of storage tanks during major earthquakes
ranging from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake through the
1995 Hyogoken-Nambu (Kobe) earthquake. The study
discusses failures as well as satisfactory performances
of the tanks during the more recent earthquakes. Based
on the observations of damage, recommendations to
improve the design of storage tanks are provided.