Installation of Water Tanks in the USA
Clovelly Park, South Australia
|Tank Structural Design||Rocky Summit Engineering Consulting, LLC
Irving, Texas, USA
Length: ~ 17 ft | Width: ~ 17 ft | Height: ~ 10 ft
Number of FE Elements: 3,445 | Members: 131 | Surfaces: 512
Aquamate, a leading manufacturer of corrugated water tanks in Australia, plans to enter the North American market by the end of 2016.
Therefore, it is necessary to verify that the tanks meet all US codes and standards before the end of the year.
Rocky Summit Engineering Consulting from Irving, Texas, a customer of Dlubal Software, has been responsible for the structural analysis and design of the tanks according to the American standard ANSI/AISC 360‑10.
The structure was modeled and designed with RFEM. Scaled tank models were generated and calculated considering all load cases (snow, wind, earthquake, etc.) according to applicable codes in various regions of the country.
“The software ensured code compliance of the water tanks for different regions across the US. In addition, it was possible to determine the limit of sales coverage based on the structural results. In turn, we could create solutions to expand those limits to other harsh environmental areas such as California with high seismic activity or areas of high elevation with increased snow loads,” explains Fernando Peña from Rocky Summit EC.
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3D model of water tank in RFEM
Graphical display of basic internal forces
Deformations in outward view using clipping plane
RFEM model of beam structure including dimensions
Display of bending moments on the beam structure model
Global deformation of the tank structure
Design of steel members according to AISC in RF-STEEL AISC
Programs Used for Structural Analysis
Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements
Design of steel members according to the American standard ANSI/AISC 360