One of the key pieces of equipment that we are asked to help protect daily are tanks. Whether it is a processing tank in the food and beverage industry or a storage tank in the oil and gas industry, many have the same issues with heat loss or gain, corrosion, and longevity.
Tanks are the multi-purpose containers that hold everything from milk to chemical dyes to methanol. They come in all shapes and sizes, but all need to be effective and the proper insulation and surface protection technology can help increase their lifespan and keep the product inside at the necessary temperature for optimal performance and delivery.
Lets take a look at how nanoscience coatings, like Syneffex thermal insulation paint for tanks, are revolutionizing tank performance and sustainability.
Tank Materials and Construction | Tank Insulation and Protection Challenges
A majority of tanks that we see are made of galvanized steel, steel or stainless steel. Titanium can be used, but is not seen as often.
Steel tanks have challenges with both heat transfer, due to metal being a very conductive material, and with corrosion. Yes, we even see corrosion happening from time to time on the stainless steel tanks as well.
Traditional insulation, fiberglass or mineral wool, causes corrosion-under-insulation (CUI) due to the moisture being trapped between the insulation and the tank surface. Weve been called on many times to solve this issue while still offering the same or better quality of thermal insulation protection.