Dynamic Properties of Watertowers Assembled from InterlockedPanels under Different Loading Conditions

Filip, Gourkalo and Konstantinos, Poutos (2012) Dynamic Properties of Watertowers Assembled from InterlockedPanels under Different Loading Conditions. International Journal of Engineering and Technology, 4 (5). pp. 649-652.

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Abstract

Earthquakes produce some of the most violent
loading situations that a structure can be subjected to and if a
structure fails under these loads then inevitably human life is
put at risk. One of the most common methods by which a
structure fails under seismic loading is at the connection of
structural elements.
The research presented in this paper compares the
performance of mathematical models of watertowers under
seismic conditions. One type of model is assembled
withconcrete panels that are connected by means of a novel
interlocked mechanism. The performance of this modelwas
tested against the performance of a conventional monolith
watertower. Two variables were appliedsimultaneously when
testing each model: earthquakes with different magnitudes and
different mass of the elevated water tanks.
The results of this experimental study demonstrated that
across all tested seismic conditions, increasing the mass of the
water tanks resulted in greater deformation of the watertowers.
This was most pronounced for the monolith watertower model.
With increasing mass of the water tanks across all seismic
conditions, those watertowers composted of interlocked panels
withstood increasing loading stresses more effectively than the
monolith watertower.
Index Terms—Watertower, earthquake, ANSYS, seismic,
interlocked panels.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Depositing User: Konstantinos Poutos
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 13:48
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 09:08
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2665

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