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Comparison of base-isolated liquid storage tank models under bi-directional earthquakes

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Seismic response of ground supported baseisolated liquid storage tanks are evaluated under bi-directional earthquakes. The base-isolated liquid storage tanks are modeled using mechanical analogs with two and three lumped masses (Model 1 and Model 2). Two types of isolation systems, such as sliding system and elastomeric system, are considered for the present study. The isolation systems are modeled using Wen’s equation for hysteretic isolation systems. Response of base-isolated liquid storage tanks, evaluated through two different modeling approaches, is compared. Both the models predict similar sloshing displacement. The effect of interaction between the mutually perpendicular seismic responses of the isolator is investigated for both the models. It is observed that interaction affects the peak seismic response of the base-isolated liquid storage tanks significantly, under the bi-directional earthquake components.

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Saha, S. , Matsagar, V. and Jain, A. (2013) Comparison of base-isolated liquid storage tank models under bi-directional earthquakes. Natural Science, 5, 27-37. doi: 10.4236/ns.2013.58A1004.


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