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Evaluating a Tank Fixed Room Structural Failure

Evaluating a Tank Fixed Roof Structural Failure

Author: Derek Slovenec, Ph.D., Senior Engineer I

Aboveground storage tanks are susceptible to damage from many factors, including environmental loads, process upset conditions, strength reduction due to metal loss, tank settlement, or some combination thereof.  This damage often manifests as buckling of the tank shell, which is thin relative to its large surface area. 

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Q&A: Structural Integrity Programs

Q&A: Structural Integrity Programs 

Authors: Joel Andreani, Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II 
Derek Slovenec, Ph.D., Senior Engineer I 

Aging or deteriorating structures, foundations, and other infrastructure cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars each year.  Problems with structures and foundations are often a result of design flaws, construction defects, deteriorating conditions, extreme environmental events, and/or changes in applied loads.  

Read the Q&A between Joel Andreani and Derek Slovenec to learn more about implementing an effective Structural Integrity program.

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Previously Published

  • Q&A: Structural Integrity Programs
    Authors: Joel Andreani, Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II

    Deteriorating structures, foundations, and other infrastructure cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars per year.

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  • Evaluating a Tank Fixed Roof Structural Failure
    Author: Derek Slovenek, Senior Engineer I

    Aboveground storage tanks are susceptible to damage from many factors, including (but not limited to) environmental loads, process upset conditions, strength reduction due to metal loss, tank settlement, or some combination thereof.

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  • Review of the Impact of Alloying Elements & Impurities on Temper Embrittlement
    Authors: Isaac O’Brien, E.I.T. / Phillip E. Prueter, P.E.

    Temper embrittlement, a phenomenon that has troubled refiners and chemical producers for decades, has been extensively studied with no single proposed model able to reliably predict embrittlement outside of its own data set.

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  • Safely Purging Tanks, Vessels & Pipes During Decommissioning & Commissioning
    Authors: Philip A. Henry, P.E. / Manuel J. Sanabria Urriola

    The purpose of this article is to review procedures for purging gaseous content from equipment with an inert substance, so that operations can be performed safely.

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  • Vibration Risk-based Inspection Services
    Authors: Anthony J. Feller / Michael F.P. Bifano, Ph.D., P.E.

    Vibration problems are often identified by operators when observable at eye-level or after a failure has occurred. E2G’s Vibration Risk-Based Inspection (VRBI) service performs a comprehensive vibration risk evaluation assessment of your entire facility to prevent failures before they occur.

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