Seismic Design of Industrial Facilities

Industrial facility

In case of seismic events, industrial facilities exhibit a considerably higher risk potential than conventional buildings since they usually house sophisticated and expensive technical equipment. Furthermore, damage to the process equipment may have severe consequences to people in or near the facility and to the surrounding environment depending on the handled substances. In seismic design of industrial facilities, special focus must be set on structural and functional interactions of the individual structural and technical components.

Design concepts for industrial structures and non-structural components have been developed at the LBB taking into account structural and functional interactions and considering the specific damage potential of industrial facilities. Currently, we investigate the seismic behavior of liquid-filled tanks and possible measures to improve their seismic safety. Corresponding research projects address the numerical modelling of fluid-structure-interaction as well as the buckling behavior of tanks and the development of seismic protection systems.