Description   Storage tanks and process tanks are general purpose industrial containers. Storage tanks and process tanks can have many configurations depending upon dimensions, orientation, placement, and wall configuration.   Applications   Storage tanks and process tanks are used in a number of applications including short term storage, long term storage, mixing, blending, metering and dispensing. Materials of construction will dictate the application that is suitable for...
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We asked our users for their input on Storage Tanks and Process Tanks. Here are the results of 148 users familiar with Storage Tanks and Process Tanks.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing storage tank and process tank design?
22 answers
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High Density Crosslink Polyethylene (HDXLPE) material Molded in Full Drain Outlets Chemical Resistant Barriers on Polyethylene Tanks Limited Tank Penetrations and elimination of Side Manway access to better facilitate leak proof tanks Increased Venting considerations to prolong tank life Use of Flexible Connections on all Side Wall Fittings
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
Customers (end users) are typically very conservative and they stick to what they know and works (proven track record) in their industry. Few are open to new technologies.
~Hugh B, Engineering Consultant, Montreal, Canada
New improved technology in Research and Development has improved the quality of material and safety management skill are influencing storage tanks.
~Raji M, Manufacturer, Sharjah, UAE
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative storage tanks and process tanks?
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I have not actually looked at who produced one, but as an engineering graduate I have designed some, though not built, and as an employee in the oil and gas sector, I have used some which were already design for the company like BUMI-ARMADA (Armada perkaser FPSO).
~Ini D, Oil field chemist, PortHarcourt., Nigeria
I don't know. But, because I'm from Indonesia and living there, PT Pertamina is the company which I know.
~Edi, Marketing/Sales, Jakarta, Indonesia
Carbon whisker tanks show great promise. Company = ? Location = Eatontown, NJ. 07724
~Other, Oceanport, NJ
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used storage tanks and process tanks for?
37 answers
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API Petroleum product storage tank (Both refineries and terminals) API Standard Tanks for chemical storage (terminals and chemical plants) ASME Sect VIII for LPG storage in refineries ASME Sect VIII air receivers Bolted lined tanks for water usage FRP chemical storage tanks FRP and Carbon Steel underground storage tanks
~Hugh B, Engineering Consultant, Montreal, Canada
Old scuba tanks store H2 very well @ 2800 lbs, shoot them with 357 magnums, drop them in car trunks from 70+ feet, 80 mph rear end them in parked cars, providing they are attached well there is nothing to fear except the valves breaking off depending on their location.
~Other, Oceanport, NJ
Chemical Feed Systems Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems Sodium Hypochlorite Bulk Storage Sulfuric Acid Bulk Storage HCl Bulk Storage Caustic Bulk Storage CIP Chemical Storage Membrane and R/O Bulk Storage
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that storage tanks and process tanks have been used for.
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Illegal refining of crude oil using drum as a process tank, steel made tanks affects processing of materials as iron may come in as an unwanted catalyst or radicals or oxidizing agents.
~Ini D, Oil field chemist, PortHarcourt., Nigeria
Large Lousy 380 psi metal propane tanks do not have the storage capacity unless used in high volume (many tanks) for H2 storage.
~Other, Oceanport, NJ
We manufacture only for genuine customers and hence we have not come across any one using for non-standard applications.
~Raji M, Manufacturer, Sharjah, UAE
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of storage tanks and process tanks?
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A company that we hired miscalculated the vacuum relief valve and the night we did install the pressure and vacuum relief valve the 300 m3 tank almost imploded. It was producing very strong sounds and it started to deform but a engineer that lived close to the plant that was phone called, opened a drain valve on time and the tank fortunately recovered its form and shape. There is not a big temperature difference between day and night on this area, however we almost suffered an accident.
~Edgardo T, Project Manager, Cartagena, Colombia
Not following the building codes. Using an unexperienced builder. Using an unexperienced calibration team. Incorrectly using the level measuring system and tools. Mounting the wrong level measuring system. Storing or processing of wrong fluids. Unauthorized changes of level measurement references.
~Adrian V, Project Manager, Ploiesti, Romania
On more than one occasion, I have confirmed HDPE tanks having catastrophic failure with storage of corrosives (acids), in which the tank unzips, (Splits), resulting in 1000 gal plus chemical spill.
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
19 answers
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Molded in Full Drain Outlet to facilitate tank clean-out and control of off-gassing issues. Molded in Outlets eliminate the need for side manways and minimizes personnel entry needs into the tank. Chemical Specific NSF61 rating on the tank material. Use of chemical barrier resins for storing heavy oxidizers.
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
Safe life - 25yrs easy to maintain(take out of serive) provided recommended maintenance procedure with provisions for additional features( HLA, ATG etc)
~Washalla B, Engineer, Mombasa, Kenya
I would wish that many more clients would place their orders with us. This company would be the Leaders in storage tanks manufacturers list.
~Raji M, Manufacturer, Sharjah, UAE
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of storage tanks and process tanks?
13 answers
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Fiberglass tanks are a popular choice for corrosive applications. Note that basis for design in this material has had little change over the last 30 years. Polyethylene options as a material provides leading edge solutions on chemical storage for corrosives, particular with heavy oxidizers. When comparing polyethylene material, note there are differences in resin type. HDPE is designed for less critical applications (i.e, water tanks), while Crosslink Polyethylene (HDXLPE) is designed for Corrosive Applications.
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
We have seen that many of the customers want tanks at cheap rates and hence they place orders with inexperienced and ill-equipped companies, who use non-standard materials and bring down the cost and put the end user in trouble. Hence please check all the materials used are on the approved list and recommended.
~Raji M, Manufacturer, Sharjah, UAE
Sort expert opinion before selecting tank for use. Where possible seek info from other users especially on the problems they have encountered to ensure in your selection you have the known shared issues cleared or clarified to you before procurement.
~Washalla B, Engineer, Mombasa, Kenya
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using storage tanks and process tanks?
17 answers
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Research the tank company for expertise. In storing corrosives, company should be manufacturing tanks specific to the application. Stay away from companies with primary focus of water, cistern, and agriculture markets...these tanks do not perform well in high performance corrosive applications. Trite but true, you often get what you pay for basing storage tank purchase decision solely on price.
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
Yes. 1- please understand the chemistry of what you want to process or store, and the choose a tank that will not react with the material. 2- understand the physical properties of the materials in question and match with what the tank can withstand. 3- look out for the durability of the tank with respect to economic evaluation.
~Ini D, Oil field chemist, PortHarcourt., Nigeria
Always use the tanks within the prescribed design specifications, subject them to the required routine maintenance and local regulatory inspections. No design alterations to be done without guidance from manufacturer or designer, always consult experts during selection process.
~Washalla B, Engineer, Mombasa, Kenya
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