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Simplified Design Criteria

Simplified Design Criteria

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I am a young engineer, and trying to understand the design criteria for Seismic Loading of ASCE 7-10 (Simplified Alternative Design Criteria). For a cooling tower (50ft), how many stories would this be considered. Would this exceed the 3 stories above grade plane? Since this is not an occupied building would this apply?
Thank you

RE: Simplified Design Criteria

ASCE 7-10 table 15.4-2 has cooling towers - Chapter 15 is meant for structure similar/not similar to buildings for seismic analysis. The simplified procedure does not seem applicable for this structure.

RE: Simplified Design Criteria

(OP)
Thank you!

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