A Simple Fact: 

At Tank Connection, we build more functional mass flow storage systems than any other storage tank manufacturer in North America.

Tank Connection is recognized as the design and fabrication experts for functional mass flow storage systems. Based on a sample of your material tested on a Jenike Shear Tester, Tank Connection can design a functional mass flow storage system that will provide consistent, reliable performance in the field. Plus we back it with a performance guarantee.

By definition:

Funnel Flow for Dry Bulk

Stored product discharges from a storage tank in a funnel flow/channel, which typically forms in the center of the tank. Stored product discharge is “last in/first out” (LIFO). Segregation of product occurs during discharge.

Mass Flow for Dry Bulk

Every particle is in some degree of motion during discharge. Stored product discharge is "first in/first out" (FIFO). Mass flow minimizes segregation of product during discharge.

Mass Flow Storage System Design

A storage tank design that will withstand mass flow discharge conditions if they occur. A mass flow design does not guarantee functional mass flow discharge from the tank.

Functional Mass Flow Storage System Design

A storage tank design that guarantees the stored product will functionally mass flow during discharge.

A common mistake:

A common mistake made in today's dry bulk storage market is to specify a mass flow tank design. If true mass flow is a requirement in your discharge stream from the storage tank, the correct parameter to specify is a functional mass flow storage system.

Tank Connection solutions:

Based on independent testing conducted by Solids Handling Technologies, Tank Connection's DRY Fusion 5500 FBE™ coating system yielded superior “flow promotion” qualities for dry bulk materials. Flow testing depicts that functional mass flow discharge can be achieved with reduced hopper slopes by utilizing Tank Connection's proprietary fusion bond system. Reduced hopper slopes equate to cost savings for the client. (Note: Joe Marinelli at Solids Handling Technologies is recognized as one of the top flow consultants worldwide.)

Storage Systems: Various Dry Bulk Materials

Interior Coating System Tested: DRY Fusion 5500 FBE™ (fusion bond epoxy) System

Example: Stoker coal will functionally mass flow utilizing a 63° carbon steel hopper that is coated with DRY Fusion 5500 FBE™. The same results can be achieved by utilizing a 69° hopper constructed of 304 stainless steel with a 2B finish. Similarly, a 77° hopper slope is required for functional mass flow from an uncoated carbon steel hopper.

Solid Handling Technologies Data

  • Reference Project Number
  • Stored Material
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia
  • Reference Project Number082366
  • Stored MaterialStoker Coal
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia27
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia21
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia13
  • Reference Project Number082249
  • Stored MaterialQuarry Mix Cement
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia11
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia1
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082244
  • Stored MaterialMagnesium Oxide
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia11
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia7
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082357
  • Stored MaterialCopper Carbonate
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia10
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082365
  • Stored MaterialPET Regrind
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia29
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia28
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082777
  • Stored MaterialCoarse Regrind
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia35
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia36
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082370
  • Stored MaterialLignite Coal
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia20
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia24
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082319
  • Stored MaterialCharcoal
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia26
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082296
  • Stored MaterialCoke
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia25
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082315
  • Stored MaterialGlass Batch Mix
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia20
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia12
  • Reference Project Number082295
  • Stored MaterialOat Hulls
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia30
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia30
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082254
  • Stored MaterialGround Rice Hulls
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia22
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number082776
  • Stored MaterialTrona Ore
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia24
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia13
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number092381
  • Stored MaterialPlastic Resin
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia16
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia22
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number092383
  • Stored MaterialLignite Coal
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia22
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia26
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number072155
  • Stored MaterialColi Residue
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia27
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia24
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-
  • Reference Project Number092395
  • Stored MaterialCorn Stover
  • ThetaC, Boss Fusion Deg from Vert@ 2' dia28
  • ThetaC, 2B Stainless Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia27
  • ThetaC, Carbon Steel Deg from Vert@ 2' dia-

At Tank Connection, we remedy the storage problems of the past by prescribing the correct variables of hopper slope, outlet size, outlet configurations, materials of construction, surface finish, active flow-aid devices, passive flow-aid devices, internal coating systems, external coating systems, applicable codes and the correct flow type required for each application.

Our reputation is built on success and we recognize our clients for that success. We are the solution people and we build project success. Give us a call on your next project and let us assist you in specifying practical, cost efficient storage that works.

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