Storage Tanks

Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) are prominent plant components used for temporary storage of liquid or gas substances such as water, chemical products, and crude oil. Though tanks are comparatively simple assets, their individual parts all require a specific and intimate understanding to preserve safety and reliability, and they are still subject to the consequences of human error, integrity, and mechanical failures, and even natural disasters. In addition, storage tanks and their components are subject to codes and standards for design, inspection, maintenance, and repair, set in place by various regulatory agencies.

Common Issues

Common damage mechanisms of storage tanks include corrosion, shell bulging, cracking, and edge settlement. Additionally, leaks or ruptures can cause catastrophic damage affecting people and the environment. To comply with guidelines and maintain fitness-for-service (FFS), storage tanks may need to undergo acoustic emission testing (AET), structural assessments, seismic analysis, welding repair, or other valuations to address possible corrosion and metallurgy concerns. To explore these possibilities, you need a credible and proficient team dedicated to storage tank reliability.

Our Capabilities

At Stress Engineering Services, our clients rely on us to assess and make recommendations around the reliability of storage tank components and systems, from expert run-repair-replace recommendations, determining remaining life, and reducing repair needs and costs where repairs are unavoidable. Our multidisciplinary approach offers the following:

  • Understanding storage tank-specific failure mechanisms and why specific components or systems failed
  • Vibration monitoring of storage tank components in the field
  • Determining the actual damage state of storage tanks and related components with nondestructive testing (NDT)
  • Performing engineering analyses such as finite element analysis, pipe stress analysis, defect and flaw assessment, API 579 fitness-for-service assessments, and fluid dynamics.
  • Developing repair procedures
  • Utilizing data to help you implement design improvements as appropriate
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