EXPLORING THE WORLD OF TANK LINERS: MATERIALS, BENEFITS, AND SELECTION CRITERIA

According to Water and Wastes Digest “When buying a water storage tank, the configuration and selection process often is something that needs to be done in the early stages of project design. To apply for and secure funding that may be available, the timing of construction and 0overall project costs will play a factor in the determination. Because many municipalities have a single source of water storage, the tank design plays a crucial role in meeting the current and future needs of a community.

Tank liners are essential components for maintaining the integrity of storage tanks and preventing environmental hazards. Whether you’re dealing with chemicals, water, or food products, a well-chosen tank liner is a vital investment in preserving the quality and safety of your stored materials.

If you’re eager to get started, reach out to our experts at Raven Tanks today to begin securing your assets and optimizing your operations. Your tanks deserve the best, and we’re here to help you find it.

What Tank Liners Are Made of?

 

Tank liners are available in a variety of materials, each with its own set of characteristics and suitability for different applications:

     

      • – Polyethylene: Think of this as the reliable all-rounder. It’s durable, resistant to a wide range of chemicals, and can handle a variety of temperatures. Polyethylene tank liners are like the Swiss Army knives of the liner world.

      • -Rubber: Rubber liners are like the cushioning champions. They’re great at absorbing impacts and can handle abrasive substances like a champ. They’re often used in industries where a little extra padding goes a long way.

      • – PVC: PVC liners are all about chemical resistance. They’re like the guardians of your tanks, making sure nothing seeps through. They’re commonly used in chemical storage tanks.

      • – Stainless Steel: These liners are the heavyweights. If you’re dealing with corrosive materials, stainless steel liners are your go-to. They’re like knights in shining armor, protecting your tanks from rust and corrosion.

    Why Do Tank Liners Matter?

     

       

        • – To prevent corrosion: Many substances, especially chemicals and liquids, can corrode the tank’s material, weakening it over time. Tank liners act as a barrier, preventing direct contact and thus prolonging the tank’s life.

        • – To prevent contamination: Tank liners ensure that the contents stored in the tank remain pure and uncontaminated. This is particularly important in the food and pharmaceutical industries, where even minor contamination can have serious consequences.

        • – For easy maintenance: Tank liners make cleaning and maintenance more straightforward. Without a liner, substances can become trapped in crevices and corners of the tank, making it difficult to clean thoroughly. 

        • – To ensure compliance of regulations: In many industries, there are strict regulations regarding the storage and handling of certain substances. Tank liners help ensure compliance with these regulations by reducing the risk of leaks, spills, and contamination.

      How to Choose the Right Tank Liner?

      Choosing the right tank liner is important to ensure the effectiveness and longevity of a storage tank. Here’s how to make the right choice:

         

          • – Identify Your Needs: Determine the specific requirements for your tank. Consider factors like the type of liquid or substance to be stored, temperature, and any chemical compatibility issues.

          • – Material Selection: Different tank liners are made from various materials, such as rubber, PVC, or polyethylene. Choose a material that suits your application and is compatible with the stored substance.

          • – Thickness Matters: The thickness of the liner is crucial. Thicker liners offer more durability and protection, but they can be costlier. Balance the cost with your need for longevity.

          • – Installation Considerations: Think about the ease of installation. Some liners may require professional installation, while others are DIY-friendly. Ensure it’s a feasible option for your setup.

          • – Chemical Resistance: Ensure that the liner can resist the chemical properties of the stored substance. Consult compatibility charts to confirm the liner’s resistance to specific chemicals.

          • – Temperature Tolerance: Consider the temperature range in your tank. Some liners may become brittle in extreme cold, while others might degrade in high temperatures. Choose a liner that can handle your tank’s temperature conditions.

          • – UV Resistance: If your tank is exposed to sunlight, UV-resistant liners are essential to prevent degradation due to sunlight exposure.

          • – Flexibility: Some substances expand or contract, and tanks may experience movement. A liner should be flexible enough to accommodate such changes without tearing or cracking.

          • – Quality and Certification: Opt for a reputable manufacturer with quality assurance and certification. This ensures the liner meets industry standards and is reliable.

        Manufacturing Process

        This equipment’s technology and manufacturing process distinguish it from painted steel or concrete structures. Uncontrolled variables are eliminated when using the factory manufacturing process, as opposed to field-manufactured products such as painted steel or concrete tanks. Worker experience and extreme climatic environmental conditions, which have been shown to have a significant impact on in-field manufactured products, have a negligible impact on the glassing process.

        Coating

        All storage tanks are coated. Coatings available today are made of paint, concrete, or glass. The impermeability and properties of glass are advantageous.

        The glass coating process starts with a glass frit, which is combined with other minerals and water to form a liquid slurry which is then robotically sprayed in precise amounts and thicknesses onto steel sheet panels that have already been cut and rolled, punched, grit-blasted, and cleaned.

        Maintenance

        Tanks made of glass-coated bolted steel have a long lifespan. Because glass coating is permanent, it never needs to be painted. Glass-coated tanks are frequently used in areas where a long-term pleasing visual appearance is desired.

        Flexibility

        This product’s bolted design and erection provide flexibility. Large staging areas required when a product is manufactured onsite are eliminated because manufacturing is completed in a factory. The tank’s construction can usually be completed with a cleared area of 6 to 10 feet around the tank’s diameter.

        Expandability

        The glass-coated bolted tank design allows for vertical expansion. If a community or industry expands and more capacity is required, the tanks’ jacking process allows the end user to gain capacity quickly and affordably. The factory-trained professional construction crew removes the bottom ring from the original starter sheet, jacks up the tank, and adds the number of rings required to achieve the new capacity. 

        Contact Our Team at Raven Tanks!

        Your tanks play a vital role in your industry, and the right liner can make all the difference. Take the next step toward securing your assets and optimizing your operations. Contact Raven Tanks at 1800 907 834 or you can also email [email protected] today to explore your options and make an informed decision for a safer, more cost-effective future.

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