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RE: Welded steel tanks for crude oil

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A good reference for tank design is "Steel Plate Engineering Data" by AISI
with the help of Steel Plate Fabricators Assoc.  An order form is available on line.
It has helpful information such as design formulas for anchor chairs, stiffener rings,  roof plates , etc. that are not addressed in API 650.
Ron Hill

HILL Consulting Engineering
Birmingham, Alabama  USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Maria I. Falconi [mailto:maisabel(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 1999 6:11 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Welded steel tanks for crude oil

Dear colleagues,
I have to design 4 circular welded steel tanks for storage of crude oil, each approx. 8 m (25 ft) in diameter and 7 m (22 ft) tall.  I'll be using API 650 (for the first time, actually.  I've ordered it from API), and I was wondering what other codes or standards I might need to use.
The tanks will rest on a concrete base on the ground and they will be erected in a zone of moderate seismicity (zone 2 I guess).
Your comments would be much appreciated.  We have no local codes or regulations to guide designers.
Maria I. Falconi
Guayaquil, Ecuador