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Simplified Development Method of FEA Code for Sloshing of Floating Roof Tanks (Lagrangian Formulation for Axisymmetric Linear Problem)

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Shoichi Yoshida

Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan

Paper No. PVP2014-28117, pp. V002T02A019; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 2: Computer Technology and Bolted Joints
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 20–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4599-8
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Floating roofs are widely used to prevent evaporation of content in large cylindrical aboveground oil storage tanks. The 2003 Hokkaido Earthquake caused severe damages to the floating roofs due to sloshing. These accidents became a cause to establish structural integrity of the floating roof tanks in sloshing. However, many designers do not have a solution for the sloshing of floating roof tanks except for three-dimensional FEA computer codes. The three-dimensional FEA requires a long computational time and expenses. The sloshing of floating roof tanks is a coupling vibration problem with fluid and structure. The simplified and convenient method has been desired for this solution. This paper presents a simplified development method of a FEA code in the axisymmetric linear problem. It is performed to modify an existing structural analysis code. The fluid behavior is formulated in terms of displacement as the Lagrangian approach.

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