A brewery had contacted us after one of their vertical tanks had failed. Because of the age of this and other tanks, they were concerned about their structural integrity. Each glass-lined tank is 12 feet in diameter by 12′ 6″ in length and are used for fermentation and aging of beer.
The tanks were inspected in accordance with API 510, and a fitness for service evaluation was performed in accordance to API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. The results determined that the tanks had an expected life of 20+ years, provided they are properly maintained.