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TANKS THAT FAILED DURING FLOODING

Flooding causes unanchored tanks to float and displace mainly as a rigid body. Such tanks may travel 100 m from their initial location, depending on water level and surrounding obstacles (like dikes and other tanks and pipes).

Flood during hurricane Katrina, 2005. The dike obstructed the displacement of the two tanks. Bass Enterprises, Cox Bay, Louisiana.

Flood during hurricane Katrina, 2005. Two tanks went over the dike. Bass Enterprises North, Ponte a la Hache, Louisiana.

Flood during hurricane Katrina, 2005. Tanks detached from their base, Munro Plant, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Flood during hurricane Katrina, 2005. Port Sulphur, Louisiana. The tank on the left was displaced and stop because of a pipeline.

   
This research was supported by NSF-CCLI, DUE-0736828: "A Computer-Based Simulated Environment to Learn on Structural Failures in Engineering"