The versatility of a fiberglass-reinforced plastic tank has come a long way from its original design of storage for the petroleum industry, safely storing and holding fuels and other petroleum products at numerous government, commercial and retail fueling facilities for years. Because of their durability and anti-corrosive build, FRP tanks have become popular in many other industry divisions, such as fertilizing, refining, water treatment, metal extraction, chlor-alkali producers, paper and wood pulp, as well as brine, vinegar and food storage. FRP is sought after for its range of sizes, for the incredible lifespan of the product when faced with corrosive materials and the elements and for fire resistance. Here are the most common applications for FRP tanks!
Fuel and Petroleum Industries
As we’ve mentioned, fiberglass reinforced plastics were initially constructed for the oil and gas sector to safely store or transport their materials. Their long-lasting design and the added aspect of fire suppression made them an industry standard for fuel and petroleum products. The corrosion resistance and nonconductive properties make them even more appealing and their low maintenance needs mean the companies investing in FRP products are spending a little more initially, but saving a ton in potential repairs commonly found in other materials used for tanks.
FRP tanks have become increasingly more popular as storage units for potable water for a number of reasons. The noncorrosive aspect means the water stays clean and drinkable over long periods of storage. Especially in locations where it’s difficult to access, like more rural areas, fibreglass-reinforced tanks become a necessary answer. FRP tanks are non-porous across the inside layers, making them easy to sanitize and limiting bacteria growth or other contaminants. The construction of FRP tanks can be done in a way that is completely bonded to inhibit any potential groundwater from entering the tank, keeping your drinking water safe and sanitary.
Storing caustic substances can be tedious, but it’s an everyday job for an FRP tank. With materials like liquid fertilizers and pesticides, you want to trust the storage unit you’re using will properly contain such corrosive liquids. The leak-proof construction ensures less environmental exposure and offers an economical alternative to tanks that need replacing or repairs consistently. Considering fertilizer is liquid gold to our farmers, having a reliable storage unit is an absolute must.
FRP is known for being lightweight and for its outstanding durability, weighing as much as three times less than a steel tank. In the face of extreme temperatures, FRP is able to stand up and face them with ease where concrete or wood wouldn’t last. The amazing customizability of our products makes it easy for us to work with your needs to come to a unique, cost-effective solution for you. Ring in the new year by investing in your company with an FRP product! Get in touch with FRP Manufacturing today.