WUERTH CONSULTING ENGINEERS

How safe is your silo?

How long does a silo last, and what can we do to lengthen its life span? One way to do so is to ensure timely inspections and good maintenance. How? This contribution provides some answers. 

1 Introduction

Every building comes with a certain service lifetime. If not properly managed, that time will eventually run out, and your structure will ultimately collapse. Statistically speaking, silo structures collapse three times as often as bridges and other civil structures all over the world. Even structures as sophisticated as soccer/football stadiums, bridges and skyscrapers are safer than silos.

There are two main reasons for this:

1. While the live load of a silo amounts to approx. 90 % of its total load, the live load of a bridge or similar structure amounts to less than 50 % of its...

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