Design and Maintenance of Aboveground Atmospheric Storage Tanks

Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, participants will have gained an understanding of the design and maintenance requirements of aboveground atmospheric storage tanks in accordance with API-650 and API-653 respectively.

Who Should Attend

Individuals who have engineering, inspection, maintenance, and/or management responsibilities related to aboveground atmospheric storage tanks. Always get the least operating costs, the highest uptime and most profit

Course Description

This course discusses the design and maintenance requirements of aboveground atmospheric storage tanks. The following topics are covered:

Part I – API-650

Storage Tank Types and Features

  • Tank Types and Functions
  • Primary Components
  • Appurtenances
  • Design Specifications

Material Selection

  • Material Property Considerations
  • Acceptable Material Specifications

Mechanical Design Requirements

  • Mechanical Design Parameters
  • Shell Thickness Determinations
  • Wind Girder Requirements
  • Nozzle Design Details
  • Roof Requirements
  • Bottom Requirements
  • Designing Tanks for Small Internal Pressures
  • Optional Design Basis for Small Tanks
  • Elevated Temperature Storage Tanks
  • Austenitic Stainless Steel Storage Tanks

Fabrication Details

  • Types of Welded Joints
  • Welding Methodology
  • Weld Detail Requirements

Inspection and Testing Requirements

  • Types of Weld Defects
  • Inspection Methods
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Dimensional/Tolerances
  • Testing

Vents and Fire Protection Systems

  • Vents for Fixed Roof Tanks
  • Vents for Floating Roof Tanks
  • Fire Protection Systems

Supplementary Information

  • API Recommended Practice 651
  • API Recommended Practice 652

Part II – API-653


  • Scope of API-653
  • Definitions
  • Starting an API-653 Compliance Program
  • Cost of an API-653 Compliance Program

Tank Inspection

  • Objectives
  • Prioritization
  • Inspection Frequencies
  • Record Keeping
  • Inspector Qualifications

Tank Component Evaluation

  • Shell
  • Bottom
  • Nozzles
  • Roof
  • Foundation
  • Shell and Bottom Settlement

Leak Detection Methods

Tank Repair and Alteration

  • General Considerations
  • Material Considerations
  • General Requirements for Repair and Alteration
  • Removal, Repair, and Replacement of Shell Plate Material
  • Repair, Addition, Replacement, and Alteration of Shell Penetrations
  • Repair of Tank Bottoms
  • Tank Roof Repair

Dismantling and Reconstruction

  • Dismantling Methods
  • Reconstruction
  • Dimensional Tolerances

Examination and Testing

  • General
  • Welding Inspection
  • Hydrostatic Testing

Course Director

JOHN J. AUMULLER, P. Eng. (CARMAGEN Engineering Inc.)

Mechanical Engineering / Project Engineering

Mr. Aumuller has over 35 years of experience in the execution of refinery, oil sands, heavy oil, power, and petrochemical plant projects as a mechanical engineering specialist in piping and pressure equipment stress analysis, including use of finite element analysis, refractory systems evaluation, and as a project engineer and manager. Extensive expertise in execution of maintenance and plant mechanical engineering activities. Fields of expertise include Fitness-for-Service (FFS) and remaining life assessments using ASME FFS-1/API 579. Experienced in use of Triflex and Caesar II piping analysis software, PVElite, COMRESS and CODECALC pressure vessel design software, and COSMOSM finite element software. Familiarity with AutoPipe and ANSYS. Expert knowledge of industry relevant codes, such as ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Div 1 and 2, Section I, B31.1, B31.3, CSA Z662, and related standards, including API standards.

Note: English will be used in all lectures and course notes.

For more information please contact Mr. Sioulis Iraklis: 2310 383020, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course information

Course Code 303.06
Course Title Design and Maintenance of Aboveground Atmospheric Storage Tanks
Partnership Carmagen Eng
Language English
Course Duration 24

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