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Bulk Storage Tank in GRP

17 August 2001

Barracuda Technologies, Brazil has developed a new concept on cylindrical storage tanks for bulk transportation. TCG Trucking Company initiated the construction of 90 tanks to increase capacity of its bulk transportation fleet. Tank payload is 24 tons. Construction is full sandwich multiaxial glass impregnated under vacuum assisted method. Tank is designed for unloading pressure of 60 psi and was tested and certified by Det Norske Veritas.

“Construction and design were developed to reduce overall tank weight and loading operations” says Jorge Nasseh, president of Barracuda Technologies. This new project provides a more efficient and more economical operation than what has been available in the market with conventional steel tanks subjected to high corrosion and maintenance cost. “This is not the first time we have a customer for such type of project”, says Jorge Nasseh. Two other companies have invested in construction of 32 tons cylindrical tanks and 40 ft composite railroad shelters in order to provide better transportation alternatives.

The tank is mounted on a 20 FCL container allowing easy storage and handling at TCG yard. Competitive design results show that conventional tanks are 60% heavier and freight cost was reduced in 25%.

All materials were supplied by Barracuda Technologies, exclusive representative of Brunswick Technologies Multiaxial Glass Fibers, DIAB Group PVC core and SP Systems Vacuum consumables.





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