Concrete Gasoline Tanks for Military Use


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Title: Concrete Gasoline Tanks for Military Use

Author(s): E. R. Shepard

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 40


Appears on pages(s): 429-440


Date: 4/1/1944

As a result of the critical shortage of steel sheet and plate, a number of tanks for the bulk storage of aviation gasoline have been built of concrete, in which various methods of sealing the tank against the leakage of gasoline are being tested. Two tanks are water sealed, one by the double wall method and the other by submersion in permanent ground water. The effect of the extraction of alkaline salts from the bare tank walls on the stability of the stored gasoline is yet to be determined. A number of tanks with welded sheet steel linings are in service, in some of which interior corrosion has developed where highly corrosive water is used for operating the tanks by the displacement method. Several small concrete tanks built bv the Defense Plant Corporation without any interio’r lining other than a brushed-on coat of cement grout are in suc- cessful operation,