Location

Arlington, Virginia

Date

16 Aug 2008, 8:45am - 12:30pm

Abstract

The 2001 Bhuj earthquake of magnitude 7.7 caused a widespread damage in the state of Gujarat, India. This paper presents a case study of phosphoric acid storage tank weighing 100,000 kN and measuring 30 m in diameter built for a fertilizer plant in Kandla, Gujarat. The post earthquake performance assessment was carried out by exhuming the nearby piles and non-destructive testing of piles. The storage tanks supported on piles, installed in a ground treated with stone columns, showed no failure and have performed well during the earthquake. The design philosophy used to resist axial and lateral loads is explained.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Meeting Name

6th Conference of the International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Performance of Large Storage Tank in Bhuj Earthquake

Arlington, Virginia

The 2001 Bhuj earthquake of magnitude 7.7 caused a widespread damage in the state of Gujarat, India. This paper presents a case study of phosphoric acid storage tank weighing 100,000 kN and measuring 30 m in diameter built for a fertilizer plant in Kandla, Gujarat. The post earthquake performance assessment was carried out by exhuming the nearby piles and non-destructive testing of piles. The storage tanks supported on piles, installed in a ground treated with stone columns, showed no failure and have performed well during the earthquake. The design philosophy used to resist axial and lateral loads is explained.