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Rick on On Line Roof Patch

By: Rick 
Date: Monday, December 13, 2004
Time: 12:00:00 AM

I have a 216 ft diameter crude oil tank (API-650 steel tank) in wash tank service with a bad roof. Since this tank is in a process train, we probably are not going to be able to take it off line. The roof is corroded and holes have developed. We think the rafters are OK, but we aren't sure enough to put men on the roof with spanning boards. My questions to the forum: 1 - What technologies are available for inspecting the rafters while the tank is on-line? ... one idea we have is fiber optics like in a colonoscopy ... but not sure if this technology is OK for the oil field. 2. If we can get men on the roof, what technologies are available for patching the holes in the roof that would give us a two year life (when we can take the tank out of service)? 3. If we can't put men on the roof, what technologies might be available for patching the holes in the roof that would give us a two year life (when we can take the tank out of service)? (robotics?)



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