Bolted tanks are a great alternative to conventional tank designs, such as concrete or welded steel. Not only are they cost-competitive, they are also quick and easy to install, durable, reliable, and simple to repair or expand when necessary. They can save a business significant amounts of money over their life cycle, and they require far less maintenance than conventional designs.
Bolted tanks are constructed from individual panels, which are formed and welded in a controlled manufacturing environment. These tanks are then powder-coated and shipped to the installation site. There, the sections are assembled and bolted together by an experienced installation team, with the appropriate gaskets and fasteners for the particular application and the material that is to be stored. Bolted tanks are available in a variety of sizes, from a few thousand gallons to over a million, and can be customized to fit the installation requirements of the site.
Bolted tanksare extremely versatile, and can store many different materials in an industrial setting:
1) Potable Water
Bolted tanks are often used in municipal water systems or well-based water systems for the storage of potable water for drinking or for household use. These tanks are available in sizes ranging from 4,000 gallons to 3 million, with diameters that can range from 9 feet to 148 feet. They are also available in many custom sizes. Typically, bolted tanks for potable water usage are made from powder-coated carbon steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel or aluminum, depending on local requirements and the temperatures and quality of the water. For potable water usage, all bolted tanks must conform to USDA and EPA regulations, as well as NSF standard 61 for potable water.
2) Agricultural or Industrial Water
Bolted tanks are also often used to store non-potable water for farming, ranching, manufacturing or commercial usage. These tanks are available in sizes similar to the potable water tanks but do not require conformation to USDA or FDA standards, allowing them to be made from a wider variety of materials. Depending on the application and the quality of the water, different gaskets and fasteners can be used, including galvanized or stainless steel fasteners, as well as poly-capped or fully-encapsulated fasteners, which prevent leaks and corrosion.
3) Water for Fire Protection Systems
Fire houses, airports, manufacturing facilities, commercial buildings and many other facilities often require on-site storage of large volumes of water to protect buildings and occupants from the risk of fire. These tanks can be used to refill fire-fighting equipment, to supply sprinkler systems or to directly supply fire hoses with water. Bolted tanks are a great choice for fire protection systems, as they offer an economical alternative to concrete or welded steel tanks, with quick installation times and reliable leak-free performance. They are available in sizes to accommodate small facilities, such as small manufacturing plants, to the largest industrial and commercial buildings.
Bolted steel tanks with special fasteners and gaskets, such as the Buna-N variety, can be used to store and process wastewater for many industrial or municipal applications. They can be used throughout the process from collection and storage to treatment with procedures such as anaerobic digestion, aerobic digestion, pH balancing, sedimentation, flocculation, clarifying, chlorination and biologic treatment. These tanks can store raw waste, effluent, sludge or dewatered sludge, and with the factory powder-coating and corrosion prevention process, they are extremely durable and reliable.
5) Drilling Fluids
In the oil and gas industry, bolted tanks are often used for storing drilling mud or other drilling fluids. These fluids are pumped down the well bore during the drilling process to lubricate the drill head and to fracture surrounding rock formations, leading to better extraction of oil and gas from the reserves. Bolted tanks are particularly useful for the oil industry because they offer plenty of capacity and can be installed quickly, minimizing downtime and reducing costs when starting a new drilling operation.
6) Dry Goods
Bolted tanks also offer a convenient storage solution for many types of dry goods. In the concrete industry, they are used to store the three major ingredients of concrete, including aggregate, sand, and cement. At lumber mills, they can store wood chips, shavings or sawdust from the milling process, which are then used to create a variety of products, including plywood, oriented-strand board, fiberboard, composite wood flooring, furniture and other engineered wood products. Bolted tanks are also used to store coal, for power plants and other facilities, as well as many other dry or powdered products.
7) Food Products
With the proper materials, gaskets and fasteners, bolted tanks can be used to store a variety of both liquid and dry food products. On farms, they can often store grains like corn, wheat, barley, rice or oats, as well as feed for livestock. In manufacturing plants, these tanks can store dry ingredients like flour or corn meal, as well as liquid ingredients like water or milk. Other facilities use bolted tanks for milk storage and processing, fruit juice storage and for storing brine, vinegar or other liquid ingredients. Bolted tanks can easily be constructed to meet all local, state and federal food and health regulations, including the applicable FDA and USDA requirements for the storage of products for human consumption.
Bolted tanks can be customized by the manufacturer for many applications by using several choices of materials, finishes, gaskets and fasteners. With the right combination and construction techniques, these tanks can store many other materials, both liquid and solid, depending on the particular application and the client’s requirements. Due to their modular nature, bolted tanks are very versatile and can be used nearly anywhere.
Bolted tanks offer many benefits over conventional designs, like concrete or welded steel, and can store many types of materials and products. With their modular design, they are easy to install, maintain and repair, giving them an extremely long life cycle that makes them an economical alternative to other competing storage solutions. And, unlike concrete or steel tanks, they can easily be expanded as storage requirements increase, or additional tanks can quickly be installed, minimizing downtime and increasing their value.