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Natural Frequency Analysis of Liquid-Filled Tanks

[+] Author Affiliations
Rouzbeh Amini, Grant Warner, Hamid Nayeb-Hashemi

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Paper No. DETC2005-84856, pp. 883-887; 5 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 20th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A, B, and C
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4738-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Traditionally, the cantilever modal shape of liquid-filled tanks has been considered as the most critical mode. However, recent research has demonstrated that natural frequencies associated with some circumferential modes might be close to the frequency of earthquake excitation. This can lead to a resonance phenomenon, and consequently failure of the tanks. In this paper, we perform Natural Frequency Analysis of fluid-filled tanks, using finite element analysis. Modeling and solution employ ADINA potential-based flow elements, which require the assumption of inviscid, irrotational and incompressible flow. The problem is solved for different geometries and water levels of tanks; the results are compared with the current results in the literature and the difference is demonstrated.

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