APPENDIX B
TANK STRAPPING
Terms
There are a number of terms used in describing tank strapping procedures. Some of these terms are defined below.
 Tank Height. Tank height is the distance from the top of the tank shell to the inside surface of the tank floor.
 Oil (Product) Height. Oil (product) height is the highest fill point of the tank. This is not necessarily the top of the tank.
 Deadwood. Deadwood is any part of the interior of the tank that reduces or adds to the volume. Such items as ladders, supports, bolts, nuts, and channels are deadwood in the tank.
METHODS
As a rule, a strapping chart is prepared for each storage tank because tanks of the same size may vary in capacity. Storage tanks must be filled before they are strapped, because the walls expand slightly when the tanks are filled. Tank strapping methods are given below.
AllRings
The allrings method is very accurate. Its error rate is only onefiftieth of 1 percent. This method requires the following:
 Measurement of the outside circumference of each ring of the tank.
 Measurement of the height of each ring of the tank.
 Computation of the inside diameter of each ring of the tank.
 Computation of the volume of the tank.
Average Circumference
The average circumference method is less accurate than the allrings method. This method results in an average of onetenth of 1 percent error. The average circumference method requires the following:
 Measurement of the outside circumference of all rings of the tank and the average of these measurements.
 Computation of the diameter from the circumference averages.
 Computation of the inside diameter of the tank.
 Computation of the volume of the tank.
OneRing
The onering method has an error rate of about onefifth of 1 percent. This method requires the following:
 Measurement of the diameter of the second or third ring of the tank.
 Measurement of the total height of the tank.
 Computation of the inside diameter of the tank.
 Computation of the volume of the tank.
Computation
This paragraph gives an example of a tank strapping computation on a singlering tank as shown in Figure B1. The information on tank measurements and deadwood that is needed in the strapping procedure is given in
Table B1, page B4
 First, find the OD of the tank.
OD = circumference
p
OD = 
40.5 
3.1416 
OD = 12.9 feet
 Then find the ID of the tank.
ID = OD  2 x wall thickness
ID = 12.9 feet  2 (.04 feet)
ID = 12.82 feet
 Now find the V of the tank, uncorrected for deadwood.
V =  p ID2 height x 7.48 gallons per cubic foot 
V =  3.1416 (12.82^{2}) 20 x 7.48 
V =  2580 x 7.48 
V =  19300.5 gallons (uncorrected) 
 Find the volume of the pipe connection and the cleanout door.
V pipe connection =  p D H^{2} x 7.48 
V pipe connection =  3.1416 (.67^{2}) 2 x 7.48 
V pipe connection = 5.27 gallons
V cleanout door = length x height x depth x 7.48
V cleanout door = 3 x 5 x 1 x 7.48
V cleanout door = 112.2
 Now find the volume of the deadwood. The only deadwood in this tank is the roof support.
V roof support = p
D_{2} H x 7.48
4
V roof support = 3.1416 (.5_{2}) 20 x 7.48
4
V roof support = 29.32 gallons
 Find the total volume of the tank.
V uncorrected + V cleanout door + V
pipe connection = total volume
19,300.5 + 112.2 + 5.27
= 10,417.97 gallons
 Now, subtract the deadwood from the total volume to get the total corrected volume of the tank.
19,417.97  V roof support
= total corrected volume
19,417.97  29.32 = 19,388.65 gallons
Figure B1. Single ring tank
Table B1. Tank measurements and deadwood
TANK 
MEASUREMENTS 
Outside circumference Wall thickness Height Pipe connection Cleanout door
DEADWOOD Roof support Pipe connection Cleanout door 
40 feet 6 inches 1/2 inch 20 feet 2 feet long, 8 inches in diameter 3 feet by 5 feet by 1 foot
MEASUREMENTS 6 inches in diameter 2 feet long, 8 inches in diameter 3 feet by 5 feet by 1 foot 
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