October 1996

Loss Prevention/Reliability

Revise storage tank inspections

Recent changes in API standards affect mechanical integrity evaluations of atmospheric storage tanks

Carucci, V. A., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.; Ay, R. L., COADE, Inc.

V. A. CARUCCI, Carmagen Engineering, Inc., Madison, New Jersey; and R. L. AY, Coade, Inc., Houston, Texas       Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com To avoid catastrophic failures and other product-loss incidents, operators must periodically inspect atmospheric storage tanks. Realizing the serious impact of these evaluations, API published an inspection document, API-653,1 to help operators fully scrutinize a storage tank's current condition and future service life. Recent articles2,3 have discussed and interpreted the intent of API-653 and the engineering analysis that must accompany these inspections. Especially for older tanks (F

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