Vulnerability of fuel storage tanks to nuclear blast: response and scaling of floating roof tanks.

by W. R. Elswick, L. A. Gore, C. A. Sandoval

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Part of a broader investigation concerned with the vulnerability of bulk fuel storage and the survival of Air Force weapon systems subject to nuclear attacks. The present study attempts to analyze the vulnerability of hard-shell, floating-roof, fuel-storage tanks to nuclear blast loading. The characteristics of the blast wave are idealized, there is no lag in the build-up of aerodynamic type loads, and the floating roof and liquid surface are assumed to remain a plane surface as they are forced to move by the blast pressures.

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