Field-erected steel tanks are massive steel tanks, which are designed to survive extreme temperature variations, extreme weather conditions, corrosive chemical effects, and some other conditions.
One of the best benefits of field-erected tanks is that they can be built in various shapes or sizes. Though these tanks are huge, they can be formed into the desired shape, regardless of the specifications.
How are field-erected tanks constructed?
Because of the size and volume, building a field-erected tank must include organized steps. When you put an order for your field erected tanks with all the requirements, the manufacturer starts the process.
The first step of constructing a field-erected tank is to create a complete design and drawings. Next, the tank manufacturer orders the essential materials. For example, stainless steel or carbon, based on the requirements.
Following that, the tank builder arranges and assigns contractors to acquire raw materials.
The steel plate material is checked to ensure that it meets the customer’s requirements once delivered to the manufacturing facility and stored with necessary protective measures.
The next step is rolling the tank plates to shape them as per the tank’s design. Based on the design layout, plates for the roof, bottom, and other structural shapes are cut.
The following phase includes plate blasting and priming of the steel materials.
Once the plate reaches the desired blast profile, it is sprayed and primed as required.
Finally, when all the fabrication, priming, and blasting process is done, the tank is ready to be delivered to the customer’s site.
Important facts to know about field erected tanks
Do you need field erected tanks for your projects? Well, there are some facts about field erected tanks you should know before you go for ordering one for your projects. The following are a few important facts about field-erected storage tanks:
Field erected tanks are really large in size
If you are familiar with storage tanks, the enormous size is probably obvious to you. But this is not always the case. Sometimes, a storage tank can be a minor component of the overall scope of a large project. In this situation, the difference between a very big and a large tank may not be apparent.
For example, a large tank can have a diameter of more than 15 feet with a holding capacity of over 45,000 gallons. But these are some basic minimum estimations. However, welded steel tanks can be designed and built in an almost unlimited range of sizes, from small or medium to really enormous.
Field erected tanks are not shop-built
As the name suggests, field erected tanks are so huge that it’s generally impossible to assemble them within a shop and transfer them to the project location. Furthermore, the requirement of these tanks varies from project to project and requires specific customization in design or size. For these reasons, field erected tanks are not shop-built.
Rather, these tanks are designed and built part by part for a specific project, and then the parts are transported to the project site. Finally, all the parts are assembled to construct the gigantic tanks.
The building material of field-erected tanks can be carbon steel, stainless steel, and duplex material
A field-erected welded steel tank might be made of carbon steel, stainless steel, or a duplex material, based on the tank’s using purpose.
For example, carbon steel made tanks are used for various purposes, such as urban water tanks and other liquid storage tanks.
On the other hand, stainless and duplex material tanks are used in food industries to contain liquid food materials (the stainless steel, in this case, are food grade), in chemical industries and powers industries to contain corrosive substances (in this case, the steels are corrosive resistant).
Field erected steel tanks last long and are sustainable
Steel storage tanks are an important part of our industrial facility, and it’s important to remember that these monolithic tanks are all sustainable. Steel is one of the most recycled substances in the world.
Furthermore, steel-made products last for a long time. More than a hundred-year-old steel storage tanks can be found in operation today, which shows the longevity of steel-made tanks. Plus, steel storage tanks, pipelines, and other goods can be dismantled, recycled, and reused when they reach the end of their lives.