Propane tanks provide fuel for a variety of equipment, including
ranges, clothes dryers, fireplaces, heat pumps, standby generators, and
integrated appliances for heating, cooling, and hot water.
PERC tank research explores the safety of new and existing tank
designs, the use of alternative tank materials, and the development of
storage tanks that are lighter, longer lasting, and more durable.
Alternative Materials for Underground Propane Storage Tanks
Alternative materials, such as composites, can be used instead of steel
in underground propane storage tanks. Researchers evaluated the best
materials or combinations for manufacturing an underground tank and
conducted field tests. A detailed design and manufacturing cost estimate
of a 500-gallon underground composite propane tank was also developed
that included literature studies of material compatibility and
appurtenance corrosion analyses.
Load Cells Feasibility Study
This study explored the feasibility of using load cells to fill and
monitor propane bulk tank levels by weight. Researchers assessed the
cost-effectiveness of installing a load cell system that accurately
measures product quantities.
Underground Propane Tank Coatings Study
This study tested and evaluated the ability of various coatings to
prevent corrosion and damage of steel underground propane storage tanks.
Researchers subjected seven tanks with different coatings to
weathering, chemical exposure, and thermal cycling, and evaluated the
tanks’ performance as part of PERC’s equipment comparison testing