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TEST & INSPECTION REQUIRED FOR ETHANOL TANKS

Wednesday, March 16, 2005   By:
I recently inspected two Ethanol Tanks made of carbon steel materials. The test and inspection carried out during internal inspection were merely based on API 653 requirements. Aside from API 653 requirements (i.e VI, MFLT, UT gauging, bottom settlement check), is there anymore test not mentioned in API 653 that necessary to carry out on internal of Ethanol tanks. Where to get the information? Lastly, Is this test must be directed by the Owner / Operator, API 653 Inspector or Tank Engineer? Who should initiate this test. Thank You very much for your advise.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005   By: Stephen H
If the tanks are in the USA, it would generally be the owner's responsibility to see that tests and inspections were done. Requirements could vary depending on the location. Where are the tanks at?

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005   By: Ben
Thank you for your reply. The Tanks are in Malaysia. If the owner doesn't know the additional test requirement for Ethanol Tanks, is it right to push the responsibitlities to the API 653 inspector?

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By: Fathi [46]

The whole story is to avoid brittle fracture=

Test temperature shall be equal or warmer than Minimum Metal Design temperature at Test pressure.
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I would limit my minimum testing temperature for a tank (or even for a vessel or a piping system) by the =

Temp = maximum of [ Min(lower shell) , Min(shell# 2) ....Min (Upper shell) ]

For a Shell# i the minimum is function ( of shell tickness , Material group ) and this can be found in API 650 , Fig 2-1

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