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Designing Oblong/Racetrack Shaped Concrete Tanks

Designing Oblong/Racetrack Shaped Concrete Tanks

Designing Oblong/Racetrack Shaped Concrete Tanks

I am somewhat familiar with designing concrete tanks based on the PCA design method for rectangular and circular tanks.

For tanks shaped like below, I am guessing you would use a combination of both methods? Not exactly sure how to approach this one.

RE: Designing Oblong/Racetrack Shaped Concrete Tanks

The walls, if loaded from the inside would be similar with horizontal tension stressed, comparable...

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RE: Designing Oblong/Racetrack Shaped Concrete Tanks

I've done these. I used the most conservative of a cantilever wall for the vertical reinforcing and and a pinned bottom circular wall for the horizontal. I wouldn't use the rectangular tank approach as the corners are missing.
Since you didn't ask, I would throw away the PCA Book on rectangular tanks (not the one on Circular ones) and just use "Moments and Reactions for Rectangular Tanks" by the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. It's been out of print for about 40 years, but I've found it legally online.

RE: Designing Oblong/Racetrack Shaped Concrete Tanks

I have also dealt with similar case for some 30 yrs ago.. JedClampett 's approach conservatively O.K. I will suggest some relaxation,

-design for vertical bar assuming cantilever wall both circular and flat wall portions for separate loading cases exterior soil and hydrostatic,

- provide EJ at connections at connection circular to flat wall sections.

- design the horizontal bar for temperature and shrinkage and check for minimum code requirements for the flat walls,

- design the horizontal bar for circular section ; (hoop force (p*H/10)*D/2 + temperature and shrinkage ) and check for minimum code requirements

You may also FEM the system assuming rigid connection of wall to foundation slab and design for the effects.

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