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Forensic Polymer Engineering by P Lewis, C Gagg

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4

Polymer storage tanks

4.1 Introduction

Thermoplastic and thermoset polymers have successfully displaced many traditional materials for two reasons: they are substantially lighter than competing materials like metals and glasses, but yet possess comparable if not greater strengths. In addition, they can be shaped easily at relatively low temperatures. It is well illustrated by containers, such as tanks and reservoirs.

Storage of very large quantities of fluids has traditionally been dominated by steel tanks, which are composed of steel sheets bent to shape and then welded together to form the final structure. The strength of a steel tank is determined by the strength of the weakest parts, usually the welds and holes in the structure needed ...

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