- Volume 10 Issue 4
This paper analyzes the behaviors of the membrane under drop impact loadings using the acoustic emission technique. The analysis is useful for evaluating the strength of the membrane as well as for studying its damping characterisics due to the corrugation and the ring knot. The membrane for LNG storage tank is basically composed linear and circular elements. Two membrane specimens have approximately same drop impact mass and same drop speed. Locan 320 system with piezoelectric sensor is used in the experimental measurement. Experimental results for the membranes indicated that AE siganls having higher energies were generated with increasing drop impact loadings. It was confirmed that the ring knot. membrane has high absorption of drop impact loadings in comparison with the flat membrane. These results are very important to reliable design and to improve the safey of the membrane components.