Considering the contents of storage tanks in the petrochemical industry, it’s vital that they remain structurally sound for the sake of public health and safety, as well as the environment. The petrochemical industry often uses steel to hold and protect its products because of its strength. As a metal, steel is vulnerable to the damaging effects of corrosion, necessitating the need for protective coatings on tank surfaces. The success of these coatings largely relies on the quality of the environment in which such projects are performed.
The expenses related to corrosion in the petrochemical industry have significant financial impacts on U.S. infrastructure, transportation, utilities, and production and manufacturing. In 2002, NACE International reported the direct annual costs of corrosion within various sectors of the petrochemical industry as follows:
Corrosion presents more than a financial setback. In the petrochemical industry, it also poses numerous health, safety and environmental risks because of the hazardous and flammable materials stored in the tanks. Regular tank maintenance that includes proper surface preparation and coating ensures the strength, design and performance of the original tank while preserving its contents.
A protective coating on a tank creates a barrier between its surface and environment to prevent and control corrosion. When a coating fails and corrosion persists, fault lines that are vulnerable to fatigue failure form, increasing the risk of leaks and decreasing the tank’s structural integrity. Without proper corrosion management, affected areas on a tank might require costly steel renewals, further driving maintenance costs.
Temporary climate control technologies create an environment that promotes a tank’s successful surface preparation and coating. Ventilation systems keep surfaces free of salts and debris. Humidity and temperature controls maintain ideal temperatures while keeping relative humidity low, regardless of the weather.
Using the temporary climate control and monitoring solutions that Polygon designs allows you to perform preventive maintenance on tanks throughout the year, rather than wait until conditions are just right. In turn, you’ll reduce maintenance and repair costs, complete projects faster, prevent corrosion, maximize a tank’s service life, reduce pollution and prevent expensive accidents. With the savings that Polygon’s affordable solutions yield, the benefits might be greater than you imagine. Talk with a climate control specialist at Polygon to learn more.
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