June 2003

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Visualize facility storage tank capacity

Maximize your ability to safely store products

Qin, Z., Chongqing Logistic Engineering University

Storage tank capacity is defined by the total allowed containment volume when liquid is pumped into it. Based on its structure and dimensions, there should be a maximum capacity that is a fixed value. However, safe capacity varies with different environmental and physical conditions. This results from changes in surrounding temperature and liquid property as well as its dilatability, in which the liquid is pumped into and stored in tanks. Safe capacity is very important as it keeps liquid from spilling out of tanks during storage, especially when long-term storage is involved. Furthermore, an overfilled tank can result in surrounding pollution and safety hazards. When liquid is pumped

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