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In this seminar, you will update your understanding of above ground storage tank technologies constructed in accordance with API standard 650, expand your knowledge of materials of construction & their performance with various petroleum products....

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
• Use in-depth knowledge of all aspects of above ground storage tank technology
• Select and specify materials of construction for tanks to optimize performance and operating life
• Implement strategies for effective corrosion management in tank systems
• Employ a variety of options for cleaning and rehabilitation
• Apply tank fundamentals to design for settlement
• Follow systematically the inspection procedures for uninterrupted service

Description Storage tanks pose a complex management problem for owners and designers.  Because of the wide variety of liquids that must be stored, some being toxic, flammable or corrosive, materials selection for tanks is a critical decision.  The leakage of stored liquids can have impacts ranging from nuisance to catastrophe; therefore, the integrity of the storage tank, and the containment systems in the event of spills or leaks, are also important issues.

In this seminar, you will update your understanding of above ground storage tank technologies constructed in accordance with API standard 650, expand your knowledge of materials of construction and their performance with various petroleum products, chemicals and hazardous liquids, and explore the technical issues that will enable you to optimize tank life and performance.


To explore current above ground storage tank technology, materials selection and design considerations, to develop strategies for the optimization of storage tank life and performance, and to gain knowledge of the safety hazards and mitigation measures related to above ground storage tanks.

Who Should Attend

Plant and maintenance engineers, process engineers, technologists and technicians involved in the selection, installation and operation of liquid storage tanks; consulting engineers and designers; infrastructure project managers; facility managers; structural engineers; emergency response personnel; environmental managers from the petrochemical, chemical, pulp and paper, and municipal sectors and any industry in which liquid storage is a concern will benefit by attending this seminar.

Faculty: Nabil Al-Khirdaji, Kappa Associates International

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:20      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30      Storage Tanks Fundamentals
            • Overview
            • Tank classification 
            • Major tank components
            • Engineering considerations
            • Regulations
            • Spill and leak prevention

10:00    Refreshments and Networking

10:15    Materials Considerations
            • Materials selection
            • Principles of material selection
            • Carbon steel selection procedure
            • Brittle fracture considerations
            • Fitness for service for existing tanks

11:00    Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention
            • Basic tank corrosion mechanisms
            • Corrosion protection with linings
            • Corrosion protection with cathodic protection

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Tank Foundations
            • Introduction
            • Considerations in Foundation design
            • Tank foundation types
            • Design principles

1:45      General Design of Tanks
            • General considerations
            • Welding and fabrication
            • Design of roofs for vertical tanks

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:45      Tank Design Workshop
            • Participants work on a design problem under instructor guidance

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      Tank Roofs
            • Floating roofs
            • Rim seals
            • Flexible piping systems for roofs
            • Aluminum dome roofs

9:15      Fire Protection of Tanks

            • General principles
            • Venting
            • Frangible roofs
            • Flame and detonation arresters

10:00    Refreshments and Networking

10:15    Tank Emissions
            • Overview
            • Internal and external floating roofs
            • Fixed Roof tanks

11:00    Tank Inspection, Repairs and Reconstruction
            • Industrial standards
            • Intent of API 653
            • Responsibility and compliance

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Tank Settlement
            • Introduction
            • Settlement and tank failure mechanics
            • Different kinds of settlement
            • Edge settlement
            • Designing for settlement
            • Re-levelling tanks

1:45      Groundwater Protection
            • Underground materials, liners and cushions
            • Miscellaneous considerations
            • Configuration of tank bottoms
            • Retrofitting tank bottoms
            • Leak detection technologies

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:45      Tank Repair and Alteration Workshop
               Participants will be invited to discuss their tank problems and instructor will attempt to troubleshoot and discuss 
               repair strategy involving all participants in the exercise

               Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30      Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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