Seismic design of storage tanks


  • M. J. N. Priestley University of California, San Diego, USA
  • J. H. Wood Ministry of Works and Development, Wellington, New Zealand
  • B. J. Davidson University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand



A study group of the New Zealand National Society for Earthquake Engineering has recently completed recommendations for the Seismic Design of Storage Tanks, in a form suitable to be used as a code by the design profession. The recommendations cover design criteria, loading, actions and details and are based on a consistent philosophy of serviceability under the design level earthquake. This paper provides a review of the study group's recommendations.


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How to Cite

Priestley, M. J. N., Wood, J. H., & Davidson, B. J. (1986). Seismic design of storage tanks
. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 19(4), 272–284.