Dynamic stability characteristics of liquid‐filled shells

Rasim Aziz Uras*, Wing Kam Liu

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A Galerkin Finite Element formulation for the dynamic stability analysis of liquid‐filled shells is given in this paper. The coupling among the axial and circumferential modes is investigated. The dynamic stability characteristics of two liquid‐filled storage tanks subjected to vertical, horizontal and rocking seismic excitations are presented. It is shown that a tall tank tends to buckle at distinct frequencies; and for cos θ‐type ground excitation, cos 2θ, cos 3θ and cos 4θ are the dominant modes of failure. On the other hand, in a broad tank, buckling regions overlap each other. In particular, for cos θ‐type ground excitation, the dominant buckling modes are cos 6θ to cos 9θ, and also cos 12θ to cos 14θ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1231
Number of pages13
JournalEarthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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