29 May 2013:
As we have stated previously, we are going to be taking the ideas developed in this column over the last couple of years and developing them into design practices. This is how it works. We will provide the basic narrative here for one design practice each week. We will keep it open for comments for one month. After that, we will finish it in formal form and offer it for sale at a modest price. Here is where you come in. If you make a substantive contribution to a standard, the organization for which you work will be granted a pro bono license to use that standard with its current issue number for as long as you like. We have had good response so far! Contribute, please.
Topless Tanks (LGM 2013.021.01
In warm climates, it is customary to build tanks, even outdoors, without tops. This idea can be applied anywhere.
To use Topless Tanks.
In colder climates, in order to keep out snow and avoid heat loss, the tank may need to have a custom fabric cover out of sail cloth or similar material.
Cross bracing is required to help the tank maintain its shape. Additionally, the cross bracing may need to be slightly concave to make sure materials (snow, debris) can easily slide off the top.
Such a top can be removed for full access and replaced every few years. It will certainly be less expensive than metal, be the metal stainless, carbon steel or aluminum.
As always, your comments will be appreciated.
Brian Brogdon, Ph.D.
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