The discusser presents a method of tank loading data analysis that is different from conventional methods. The method is based on the theory that, so long as loads do not approach the then current ultimate load bearing capacity too closely, the change in settlement within a standard time after a change in load will bear a constant proportion to the change in the load, and that the postulated constant proportion is characteristic of the combination of site and structure. The method is equally applicable to cases of large settlement, or small settlement, or small tanks. The author of the paper, in this closure to the discussion, notes that the method could be a useful supplement to other interpretation, and that the fact that it emphasizes conditions during periods of adding water load could provide an early warning signal of impending instability. However, since it ignores rates of settlement during periods of constant loads, other means of settlement evaluation should continue to be used in addition to this method.

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  • Accession Number: 00334022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 16096
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM