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Hello all,

I have been asked to design the supports for an existing butane tank that is
to be relocated.  The tank is 12 feet in diameter and 41 feet long plus 6 foot
hemisphere caps at each end.  The shell is approximately 1/2 inch thick.
Research is being done to determine the type of steel it is although the tank
is approximately 25 years old.

I have found a method in a text book for determining the stresses in the tank
shell based on two supports.  Is there an accepted method of determining these
stresses and/or do you have any suggested references?

Thanks in advance.

Doug Snow
Snow and Associates, Inc.
Scottsdale, Arizona