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You may want to use ASCE Guidelines for Seismic Evaluation and Design of Petrochemical Facilities, there are formulas for T for practically any imaginable case.
AFAIK, even in the high seismic areas sloshing is not a concern for tanks with high H/D ratio.
Steve Gordin SE
Irvine CA
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Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 7:59 AM
Subject: Fundamental Frequency of Tall Steel Tank

I'm doing some preliminary sizing for the foundations for some tall cylindrical steel tanks - 8'-0" diameter x 66'-0" high.  They will be in a low seismic area, so wind loading is my concern right now.
I need to estimate the fundamental frequency of the tank in order to determine the Gust Factor per ASCE 7.  Can someone point me to a good reference?  Is there a reasonably conservative value I can assume for this preliminary work?
Since I am just considering wind at this point, the empty tank will control and therefore I don't need to consider the added effects of the liquid contents in determining the fundamental frequency, right?


David Finley
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