Tanks are available in all shapes and sizes and fabricated out of a wide variety of materials. We offer small tanks for laboratory use through large storage tanks. There are many details to consider when selecting or specifying a tank. Some of these issues include:
Whether for storage or processing the available holding volume of a tank is generally know.
Storage Tank Volume
Keep in mind typical delivery volumes and always include enough extra volume to allow for delivery when the tank is not completely empty. For example, if you purchase 4000-gallon deliveries, your consumption is 100 gallons per day, and delivery delays can be as much as 5 days you need to ensure that at MINIMUM your tank has a capacity of:
4000 + 5 * 100 or 4500 gallon storage capacity.
Process Tank Volume
Excess volume is required for process tanks as well. While they are not subject to the delivery issues that plague storage tanks, additional headroom may be required for processing. Dispersion, for example, can create a deep vortex raising liquid levels during the mixing process. Typically a 20% headroom (freeboard) is recommended.
Identical tank volumes can be achieved with short squat tanks as well as tall skinny tanks. Available floor space, Ceiling heights also need to be considered. These changes in height and diameter will also impact price and process such as mixing and heat transfer.
Our Tank Volume Calculator can assist you in sizing your tanks.