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RE: Seismic Base Shear - Tank With Supported Bottom

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Title: Seismic Base Shear - Tank With Supported Bottom
I think normally engineers assume the weight of the foundation is not included as part of the seismic weight. Thus the lateral load the piles see does not include any contribution from the foundation weight.

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From: Klarkowski, Kevin [mailto:Kevin.Klarkowski(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:26 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Seismic Base Shear - Tank With Supported Bottom

When calculating the seismic base shear for a tank with supported bottom per the Rigid Structures Criteria of UBC section 1634.3, should the weight of the foundation(pile cap) be included in W when the foundation is pile-supported?

Kevin J. Klarkowski
Jacobs - Green Bay

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