Design of Pressurized Fuel Storage Tanks to Resist Air Overpressures
Final rept. 28 Dec 1968-28 May 1970
LIN (T Y) AND ASSOCIATES VAN NUYS CA
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The report presents a design procedure and cost optimization curves for cylindrical steel tanks with spherical end caps that are buried with their axis parallel to the ground surface. The fuel storage tanks are designed to resist high overpressures associated with nuclear air blast. Internal pressurization was utilized to minimize material and fabrication costs and increase the buckling capacity of the tanks. The design procedure is believed to be valid for overpressures range from 10 psi to 3000 psi. The overall reasonableness of the design procedure was confirmed by experimental tests on buried steel cylinders and pressurized tanks in granular materials.
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