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Randy Russ wrote:
> 
> I have designed many structures for floatation here in the swamps of
> Louisiana. It is true that the soil will fail at some angle(depending on the
> soil type). You will also have to overcome soil cohesion in order to float
> the tank. However, without geotechnical input, I would not use either. It
> should be pointed out that even using the vertical column of soil above the
> lip of the tank means that the lip can withstand the load as a cantilever.
> Otherwise it will bend and you no longer have the column of soil resisting
> uplift.
> 
> Randy Russ, P.E.
> Russ Engineering Group, Inc.


I could be wrong, but isn't the point of the shelter is so that it
DOESN'T float?  It would seem if it floats up, it's no longer a shelter
but a quonset hut-like airfoil waiting to be flown to the nearest
trailer park.  

Bart Kemper, P.E.

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