Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks are specifically designed and manufactured to hold and withstand the pressures that the fluids inside exert. As a general rule, the heavier the product stored in the tank, the thicker the shell will need to be in high-pressure areas. Considering FRP tanks are custom-built to order, it’s crucial for customers to make important decisions before purchasing.
In this piece, we’re going to go over the critical questions every FRP tank customer needs to answer before purchasing. Let’s dive in.
1. What are the various tank designs?
FRP tanks come in three main designs: dish-bottom, cone-bottom, and flat-bottom.
- Flat-bottom tanks: Best suited for refilling the tank with the same material or product.
- Cone-bottom tanks: Best suited for holding different materials and products.
- Dish-bottom tanks: A hybrid of cone- and flat- bottom tanks, they hold more than cone-bottom ones but a little less than flat-bottom ones.
2. What are my storage requirements?
Consider what your storage capacity needs to be and what kind of price breaks you can receive from a vendor when making bulk purchases of the product you’re going to store. Consider also the amount of inventory you’d prefer to have on hand at the start of the season.
3. Do you need bulk containment?
If you’re using the FRP tanks to store fertilizers or pesticides, you will need to consider the state and federal regulations regarding containment structures.
4. What should the size of the tanks be?
The amount of product you can store may be limited by the size of the building, and the area of the space relative to the tanks’ size will determine the number of the tanks you can place onsite. It’s important to note that one large FRP tank may require less surface area than two smaller tanks. Consider also the height of the tanks. A larger tank will be taller than two smaller tanks.
5. What materials will it hold?
Manufacturers use different resins to construct FRP tanks that need to hold different materials. For example, a tank that’s used to hold fertilizer uses a different resin than one that is used to hold salts and pesticides.
If you’re considering purchasing FRP tanks, you should get in touch with professionals to handle all installation processes in order to prevent any issues.
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