This paper presents analytical developments devoted to the evaluation of the effective behaviour of grain in flatbottom silos during an earthquake. Based on the results achieved from this study, the paper proposes an innovative methodology for the seismic design of flat-bottom silos containing granular and grain-like materials, which allow for substantial reductions in the design seismic actions for silos characterized by squat geometrical configuration. The analyses are developed by simulating the earthquake ground motion with constant vertical and horizontal accelerations and lead to the subdivision of the ensiled material into three different portions by means of plain dynamic equilibrium considerations that take into consideration the specific mutual actions developing in the ensiled grain. The findings indicate that, in the case of squat silos the portion of grain mass that interacts with the silo walls turns out to be noticeably lower than the total mass of the grain in the silo.
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|Titolo:||Pressure profiles exerted by grain-like material on the silo walls in accelerated conditions|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Nome del convegno:||15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (15WCEE)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|