Storage tanks come in different forms and sizes. They can also be from various materials. You can now find tanks made of fiberglass, concrete, plastic, and even wood. But the most popular and efficient in many ways is steel.
What makes steel efficient for storage tanks?
Most of the substances stored in tanks are hazardous. They may be either toxic or flammable. These include crude oil, chemicals, kerosene, and other types of fuel. Because of their nature, leaks become a huge problem.
There are different reasons why leaks occur. They can be deliberate or accidental. They can also be due to environmental factors like exposure to high levels of moisture or heat, both of which may result in corrosion. When metals corrode, they can develop holes or prone to damage. The issue becomes worse at the fact most storage tanks are simply welded.
Steel, however, has high anti-corrosive properties. Moreover, they don’t react to UV light, which is important since it can remove coatings that add more protection to the metal.
Steel is a material that’s easy to work with. You can have it big and small, as well as in other shapes, although the standard is a cylindrical form.
In general, many factors affect the lifespan of steel, but on average, it is usable for 35 years. When used as internal structures like a framework of a building, their lives can extend to as much as 52 years.
Moreover, the American Petroleum Institute (API) makes it a requirement for certain storage tanks to undergo an inspection. It can spot potential problems and hence help extend the metal’s life.
Not only is steel durable, but it is also sustainable. It uses lower energy and emits reduced carbon. Moreover, it can have multiple lives.
You can use steel for both underground and above-ground tanks. For practical purposes, though, choose an above-ground tank fabrication. It helps you monitor material problems more quickly.