Asian Journal of Civil Engineering

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 395–408 | Cite as

Mecano-reliability analysis applied to RC tank under seismic loads according to the Algerian seismic standard

  • Amar Aliche
  • Hocine HammoumEmail author
  • Karima Bouzelha
Original Paper


The deterministic methods used in the design codes of concrete storage tanks on ground are based on the principle of safety coefficients. These deterministic analyses are subject to uncertainties related to the assessment of seismic loading. To analyze the reliability of these structures, one proposes in this study a probabilistic approach by considering two variables, the hydraulic static load inside the tank and the seismic acceleration of the soil. The reliability analysis is conducted using a computer code developed with Matlab© software based on the Monte Carlo simulation method. The failure probability is evaluated at different time of the day for each limit state function considered in this work. Fragility curves are developed representing the failure probability at the different levels of seismic acceleration for different types of soil. The study concludes that there is no soil type effect on the failure risk evaluation, and that the failure mode by sloshing is the most prejudicial failure risk for the reservoir.


Reliability RC tanks Monte Carlo simulation Seismic acceleration Failure probability Fragility curves 


Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringMouloud Mammeri UniversityTizi OuzouAlgeria

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