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Intersting AST Analysis

Friday, February 17, 2017   By: JGardiner [1848] 0 Stars
Greetings all,

New to the forum but have been working with API-650 tanks, mostly in the commercial nuclear industry. Wanted to share an interesting project!

In the nuclear industry ASTs are used to store water essential for the cooling of the reactor. We used finite element analysis to evaluate the tank subjected to winds of 360 mph and struck by a tornado missile. In this case an airborne pickup truck going 80 miles per hour. Its amazing how a thin metal tank and its energy-absorbing contents can withstand the impact and maintain its integrity..Definitely not an API-650 code case!

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Impact Video

Look forward to great discussions on this forum!


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Friday, February 17, 2017   By: ITS [1678] 2 Stars
AST or Aboveground Storage Tanks are built or designed on the basis of the thin membrane stress theory as opposed to a ASME B&PV Code which is not. API650 tanks are very flexible under extreme conditions and behave like a bladder. Dont know about the flying pickup truck or 380 mph winds.

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