Production of stainless steel tanks: Exploring its manufacture

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In the history of humanity, one of the great milestones was the settlement of communities. Sedentary lifestyle, which means establishing a definitive place to live, was possible thanks to the ability to store resources, especially food. As a species, we have not changed much: we continue to resort to the storage of resources to ensure not only our survival, but our well-being. The manufacture of stainless steel tanks is essential for this purpose in today's societies.

Therefore, below, we will tell you what the manufacture of stainless steel tanks entails. But not only that, we will tell you what advantages stainless steel offers for the manufacture of tanks; What uses are given to them? stainless steel tanks; and the characteristics of deposits of this type.

What are stainless steel tanks?

Before telling you what the stainless steel tank manufacturing process consists of, it is necessary to know what a stainless steel tank is. These tanks are deposits or containers intended for the storage of liquid, solid or gaseous elements that could not be left exposed to the air or to inclement weather.

Stainless steel tanks are deposits designed, manufactured and installed taking into account the storage requirements that are initially planned. Thus, in the case of looking for a tank for fuel storage, the characteristics that this tank must have are outlined, such as the capacity, the type of material, the shape and even the spatial arrangement of its installation (whether it will be above ground or underground). .

These types of deposits are widely recognized and used in the most varied industries. From the industrial and productive sector itself, such as the pharmaceutical, fuel, food, and agricultural sectors. They are used with notable success in the liquor industry.

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Advantages of stainless steel

The benefits of stainless steel are obvious in any type of element made with this alloy. Here we tell you in detail. The properties of this metal are due to a passive oxidation layer or film that forms on stainless steel in the presence of oxygen. This phenomenon is known as "passivation" and is possible thanks to the presence of a small percentage of chromium (between 10.5 and 12%, depending on the type of stainless steel).

The manufacture of tanks in stainless steel guarantees that the tank, as a final product, ready for use, has a series of advantageous characteristics in the following aspects:

  • Moisture corrosion resistant
  • Resistant to wear by elements or corrosive substances
  • Resistant to extreme temperatures (both hot and cold)
  • Shock and scratch resistant.

How is the manufacture of stainless steel tanks?

Now, what are the details behind the manufacture of stainless steel tanks? It is important to know that the manufacture of stainless steel tanks is based on the need that is sought to be supplied.

That is, if what is needed is to store large amounts of fuel, a tank must be designed whose capacity is large enough to meet the storage demand; besides, think about the type of additional systems that are necessary to make fuel storage a safe activity.

In this sense, the first step consists of a meeting with the person who purchases the stainless steel tank or the person in charge of the project. The destination or purpose of the tank must be specified, as well as the disposition that is sought and the place of installation.

It is possible, if so required by the characteristics of the deposit to be built, a manufacture of stainless steel tanks on the same site where it will be installed, to avoid costs and efforts in the transportation process of such a large item.

With the client or person in charge of the project, it is also necessary to clarify, among other things, the dimensions of the tank, the secondary or auxiliary systems, the installation criteria and, of course, the security measures. Once a consensus is reached on materials, design, installation, and characteristics of the tank, it is possible to begin the manufacture of stainless steel tanks.

Considering in detail the above, it begins with the manufacture of stainless steel tanks as such. For it, the ideal type of stainless steel is chosen (that is, the one whose composition and size is most appropriate for the storage of a substance) and the type of welding that best suits.

With machines designed for this function, the stainless steel sheets are bent with exact measurements. The accuracy in cutting and bending the sheets is essential so that the weld has to fill the least amount of space possible. In this way, the risk of cracks or fissures is reduced.

Once the tank has been shaped, the next step in stainless steel tank fabrication is cleaning, in order to get rid of any grease, dust, dirt and welding debris that may have remained there. For clean it up, it is recommended to use chemical agents such as fine abrasives, diluted acetic, or alkaline cleaners. It is also recommended to clean it once more before finally installing it.

The installation process, taking advantage of the previous considerations regarding the place of installation and the secondary or auxiliary systems, should not entail major inconveniences if the design and manufacturing process was carried out as expected.

What are stainless steel tanks used for?

Stainless steel tanks have a really widespread application in the different fields of industry, as already mentioned. They have been used mainly for store petroleum fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and Diesel; but also the derivatives of alcoholsuch as ethanol and methanol.

On the other hand, it is possible to design and manufacture stainless steel tanks that are capable of withstanding really high internal pressures, specially designed to contain compressed gas.

When it comes to fuel storage, the ideal is to have a double-walled tank, to avoid possible leaks as much as possible. Here we tell you more about the characteristics of a fuel tank.

However, fuel storage is not the only purpose that is considered before stainless steel tank fabrication. In the countryside, in the agricultural and food industry, this type of deposits has found a particularly profitable use: the storage of organic material such as animal waste for the preparation of fertilizers.

What are the characteristics of tanks made of stainless steel?

We could identify the characteristics of stainless steel tanks by examining what our expectations are for what we believe to be a good stainless steel tank. Thus, we can identify five characteristics:

  • Design

As we mentioned, the design of a tank depends on the purpose that the tank is going to serve. Although they are versatile and the same design could serve different purposes with only a few adaptations, the ideal is that the design corresponds to its final function.

  • Ability

Don't think that the higher the capacity, the better a tank is. Many times, by believing that, unnecessary expenses are incurred that end up making the project excessively expensive. You have to calculate very well how much storage volume we require.

  • Utility

A tank, like any element in a productive chain, is expected to be useful. This depends on proper maintenance and cleaning, which would even extend the life of the tank.

  • Quality

Stainless steel tanks, compared to tanks made of other materials (such as fiberglass, and even plastic) have superior durability and functionality.

  • Security

It is clear that the storage of any substance or material involves risks. A few things could go wrong during the procedure. However, auxiliary systems for stainless steel tanks are designed to minimize such risks.

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