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Date: 01/06/2009

Contact: Name: Larry Hiner

Company: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

Phone: 815-439-6125

E-mail: lhiner@CBI.com

Purpose: This agenda standardizes and sets the definitions for thickness used in the standard

to avoid misunderstandings.

Source: Larry Hiner comment on 650-624, Date 4/08

(Note Changes made in red are those made in rev 6 in response to ballot

comments prior to F2009 meeting). Changes in blue resulted from previous

balloting comments.

Impact: Minimal

Background: Originally this agenda item attempted to define “as-built thickness”. Based on

comments and additional research, the focus changed to a unified approach

that centers around the more common terminology of “nominal thickness”.

Nominal thickness - 59 times

As constructed thickness - 11 times

As- ordered thickness - 5 times

Review of the standard shows the use of these terms interchangeably and

many times incorrectly. The intent of all thickness requirements in API 650 can

be defined by two terms “nominal” and “corroded”. Where nominal refers to

the as ordered thickness and corroded thickness is the nominal thickness

excluding corrosion allowance.

A term indicating the supply basis thickness which includes corrosion allowance

is necessary to define the thickness used in determining toughness, PWHT

requirements, weld spacing, minimum and maximum thickness limitations, etc.

These requirements must be known at the time of tank design and material

order and can't wait until the material is delivered to the shop or construction

site. Nominal thickness is the preferred terminology.

Under Section 3.0 Definitions - add the definition for nominal thickness and

corroded thickness in the proper locations.

specified corrosion allowance.

This thickness is inclusive includes of any specified corrosion

allowance. This thickness and is used for determination of PWHT

requirements, weld spacing, minimum and maximum thickness

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limitations, etc.

thickness plus or minus any tolerance allowed by this standard.

by the applicable material specification or otherwise accepted

by design review and/or analysis at the point of consideration.

The requirements of 4.2.1.2.3 shall also be met.

be used for the component being considered.

locations: 5.7.6.4, Table 5-21 a, Table 5-21b, F.7.5, and V.5

locations: Table 5-1 a/b, 5.6.1.1, A.4.2, AL.5.2.2

following locations: 5.7.5.1, 5.9.7.2, AL 5.5.2

thickness not less than" or “corroded thickness not less than” as

applicable.

use the term corroded: Table 5-1a,b, 5.4.1, 5.6.4.2, 5.6.4.5, 5.6.4.6,

5.10.5.1, 5.10.6.1, S.3.1.2, X.3.1

Discussion: The following list provides the typical situations or reasons why the final

thicknesses may be different than the nominal thickness value. In the following

list items 3 through 5 require Engineering review and possible subsequent

Purchaser approval.

set the bounds of the supplied thickness. API 650 paragraph 4.2.1.2.3

specifically allows this variation as long as the under tolerance does not

exceed 0.01”

thickness (usually at flanges) to account for machining to get a proper

surface for seating gaskets. For better integrity and reduced machining

cost, any excess thickness is typically left on the component.

3. Changes from the ordered thickness made to suit in-stock material for

availability. Typically this results in a slightly greater thickness used

than necessary in the design.

accommodate Purchaser changes. Material ordered to decimal thickness

is not typically available on short notice and thus requiring use of gage

material from stock sources.

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5. Last minute requests from field to accept discovered under tolerance

plate. Acceptance granted only after design review and any subsequent

necessary analysis.

Specific Changes

aPlate thickness refers to the corroded shell plate thickness exclusive of corrosion allowance for

product design and nominal thickness as constructed for hydrostatic test design.

bThe stress to be used is the maximum stress in the first shell course (greater of product or hydrostatic

test stress). The stress may be determined using the required thickness divided by the thickness from

“a” then multiplied by the applicable allowable stress:

Product Stress = (td/as-constructedcorroded t exclusive of CA) (Sd)

Hydrostatic Test Stress = (tt/as-constructed nominal t) (St)

Note: The thicknesses specified in the table, as well as the width specified in 5.5.2, are based on the

foundation providing uniform support under the full width of the annular plate. Unless the foundation is

properly compacted, particularly at the inside of a concrete ringwall, settlement will produce additional

stresses in the annular plate.

aPlate thickness refers to the corroded shell plate thickness exclusive of corrosion allowance for

product design and nominal thickness as constructed for hydrostatic test design.

bThe stress to be used is the maximum stress in the first shell course (greater of product or hydrostatic

test stress). The stress may be determined using the required thickness divided by the thickness from

“a” then multiplied by the applicable allowable stress:

Product Stress = (td/as-constructed corroded t exclusive of CA) (Sd)

Hydrostatic Test Stress = (tt/as-constructed nominal t) (St)

Note: The thicknesses specified in the table, as well as the width specified in 5.5.2, are based on the

foundation providing uniform support under the full width of the annular plate. Unless the foundation is

properly compacted, particularly at the inside of a concrete ringwall, settlement will produce additional

stresses in the annular plate.

Table 5-2a

Third column header

Table 5-2b

Third column header

5.4.1 All bottom plates shall have a minimum nominal corroded thickness of not less than 6 mm (0.236 in.) [49.8

kg/m2 (9.6 lbf/ft2) (see 4.2.1.2)], exclusive of any corrosion allowance specified by the Purchaser for the bottom

plates. Unless otherwise agreed to by the Purchaser, all rectangular and sketch plates (bottom plates on which the

shell rests that have one end rectangular) shall have a minimum nominal width of not less than 1800 mm (72 in.).

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5.6 SHELL DESIGN

5.6.1 General

5.6.1.1 The required shell thickness shall be the greater of the design shell thickness,

including any corrosion allowance, or the hydrostatic test shell thickness, but the shell

thickness shall not be less than the following:

Nominal Tank Diameter Nominal Plate Thickness

(m) (ft) (mm) (in.)

< 15 < 50 5 3/16

15 to < 36 50 to < 120 6 1/4

36 to 60 120 to 200 8 5/16

> 60 > 200 10 3/8

Notes:

1. Unless otherwise specified by the Purchaser, the nominal tank diameter shall be the centerline

diameter of the bottom shell-course plates.

2. Nominal plate thickness refers to the tank shell as constructed. The thicknesses specified are based

on erection requirements.

3. When specified by the Purchaser, plate with a minimum nominal thickness of 6 mm may be

substituted for 1/4-in. plate.

4. For diameters less than 15 m (50 ft) but greater than 3.2 m (10.5 ft), the minimum nominal

thickness of the lowest shell course only is increased to shall not be less than 6 mm (1/4 in.).

5.6.2.1 The maximum allowable product design stress, Sd, shall be as shown in Tables 5-2a and 5-2b. The net

corroded plate thicknesses—the actual thicknesses less any corrosion allowance—shall be used in the calculation.

The design stress basis, Sd, shall be either two-thirds the yield strength or two-fifths the tensile strength, whichever

is less.

5.6.2.2 The maximum allowable hydrostatic test stress, St, shall be as shown in Tables 5-2a and 5-2b. The gross

nominal plate thicknesses, including any corrosion allowance, shall be used in the calculation. The hydrostatic test

basis shall be either three-fourths the yield strength or three-sevenths the tensile strength, whichever is less

5.6.4.1 Design by the variable-design-point method gives shell thicknesses at design points that result in the

calculated stresses being relatively close to the actual circumferential shell stresses. This method may only be used

when the Purchaser has not specified that the 1-foot method be used and when the following is true:

In SI units:

where

L = (500 Dt)0.5, in mm,

D = tank diameter, in m,

t = bottom-course corroded shell thickness, excluding any corrosion allowance, in mm,

H = maximum design liquid level (see 5.6.3.2), in m.

In US Customary units:

where

L = (6 Dt)0.5, (in.),

D = tank diameter, (ft),

t = bottom-course corroded shell thickness, excluding any corrosion allowance, in (in.),

H = maximum design liquid level (see 5.6.3.2), (ft).

5.6.4.2 The minimum plate thicknesses for both the design condition and the hydrostatic test condition shall be

determined as outlined. Complete, independent calculations shall be made for all of the courses for the design

condition, exclusive of any corrosion allowance, and for the hydrostatic test condition. The required shell thickness

for each course shall be the greater of the design shell thickness plus any corrosion allowance or the hydrostatic test

shell thickness, but the total shell thickness shall not be less than the shell thickness required by 5.6.1.1, 5.6.1.3, and

5.6.1.4. When a greater thickness is used for a shell course, the greater thickness may be used for subsequent

calculations of the thicknesses of the shell courses above the course that has the greater thickness, provided the

greater thickness is shown as the required design thickness on the Manufacturer’s drawing (see W.3).

5.6.4.5 To calculate the second-course thicknesses for both the design condition and the hydrostatic test condition,

the value of the following ratio shall be calculated for the bottom course:

where

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h1 = height of the bottom shell course, in mm (in.),

r = nominal tank radius, in mm (in.),

t1 = calculated corroded thickness of the bottom shell course, less any thickness added for corrosion allowance, in

mm (in.), used to calculate t2 (design). The calculated hydrostatic thickness of the bottom shell course shall be used

to calculate t2 (hydrostatic test).

t2 = t1

If the value of the ratio is greater than or equal to 2.625:

t2 = t2a

If the value of the ratio is greater than 1.375 but less than 2.625:

where

t2 = minimum design corroded thickness of the second shell course excluding any corrosion allowance, in mm (in.),

t2a = corroded thickness of the second shell course, in mm (in.), as calculated for an upper shell course as described

in 5.6.4.6 to 5.6.4.8, exclusive of any corrosion allowance. In calculating second shell course thickness (t2) for

design case and hydrostatic test case, applicable values of t2a and t1shall be used.

5.6.4.6 To calculate the upper-course thicknesses for both the design condition and the hydrostatic test condition, a

preliminary value tu for the upper-course corroded thickness shall be calculated using the formulas in 5.6.3.2

excluding any corrosion allowance, and then the distance x of the variable design point from the bottom of the

course shall be calculated using the lowest value obtained from the following:

In SI units:

x1 = 0.61 (rtu)0.5 + 320 CH

x2 = 1000 CH

x3 = 1.22 (rtu)0.5

where

tu = corroded thickness of the upper course at the girth joint, exclusive of any corrosion allowance, in mm,

C = [K0.5 (K – 1)]/(1 + K1.5),

K = tL / tu,

tL = corroded thickness of the lower course at the girth joint, exclusive of any corrosion allowance, in mm,

H = design liquid level (see 5.6.3.2), in m.

In US Customary units:

x1 = 0.61 (rtu)0.5 + 3.84 CH

x2 = 12 CH

x3 = 1.22 (rtu)0.5

where

tu = corroded thickness of the upper course at the girth joint, exclusive of any corrosion allowance, (in.),

C = [K0.5 (K – 1)]/(1 + K1.5),

K = tL / tu,

tL = corroded thickness of the lower course at the girth joint, exclusive of any corrosion allowance, (in.),

H = design liquid level (see 5.6.3.2), (ft).

5.7.7.4 The required cross-sectional area of the reinforcement over the top of the opening shall be calculated for

Design Condition as well as Hydrostatic Test Condition as follows:

where

Acs = required cross-sectional area of the reinforcement over the top of the opening, in mm2 (in.2),

K1 = area coefficient from Figure 5-11,

h = vertical height of clear opening, in mm (in.),

t = calculated nominal thickness of the lowest shell course, in mm (in.), required by the formulas of 5.6.3, 5.6.4, or

A.4.1 (with joint efficiency E = 1.0). including corrosion allowance, where applicable.

5.7.7.5 The nominal thickness of the shell plate in the flush-type cleanout fitting assembly shall be at least as thick

as the adjacent shell plate nominal thickness in the lowest shell course. The nominal thickness of the shell

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reinforcing plate and the neck plate shall be, as a minimum, the same as the thickness of the shell plate in the

cleanout-opening assembly.

The reinforcement in the plane of the shell shall be provided within a height L above the bottom of the opening. L

shall not exceed 1.5h except that, in the case of small openings, L – h shall not be less than 150 mm (6 in.). Where

this exception results in an L that is greater than 1.5h, only the portion of the reinforcement that is within the height

of 1.5h shall be considered effective.

The reinforcement required may be provided by any one or any combination of the following:

a. The shell reinforcing plate.

b. Any thickness of the shell plate in the flush-type cleanout fitting assembly that is greater than the required

thickness of lowest shell course, as determined by 5.6.3, 5.6.4 or A.4.1 (with joint efficiency E = 1.0) including

corrosion allowance where applicable.

c. The portion of the neck plate having a length equal to the nominal thickness of the reinforcing plate.

Reinforcing area provided shall be adequate for Design Conditions as well as Hydrostatic test Conditions.

5.7.7.6 The minimum width of the tank-bottom reinforcing plate at the centerline of the opening shall be 250 mm

(10 in.) plus the combined nominal thickness of the shell plate in the cleanout-opening assembly and the shell

reinforcing plate.The minimum corroded thickness of the bottom reinforcing plate shall be not less then that

determined by the following equation:

5.7.8.4 The reinforcement for a flush-type shell connection shall meet the following requirements:

a. The cross-sectional area of the reinforcement over the top of the connection shall not be less than K1ht/2 (see

5.7.7.4).

b. The nominal thickness of the shell plate, td, for the flush-connection assembly shall be at least as thick as the

adjacent shell plate nominal thickness, t, in the lowest shell course.

c. The nominal thickness of the shell reinforcing plate shall be the same, as a minimum, the nominal thickness of the

shell plate in the flush-connection assembly.

d. The reinforcement in the plane of the shell shall be provided within a height L above the bottom of the opening. L

shall not exceed 1.5h except that, in the case of small openings, L – h shall not be less than 150 mm (6 in.). Where

this exception results in an L that is greater than 1.5h, only the portion of the reinforcement that is within the height

of 1.5h shall be considered effective.

e. The required reinforcement may be provided by any one or any combination of the following:

(1) The shell reinforcing plate,

(2) Any thickness of the shell plate in the flush-type shell connection assembly that is greater than the required

thickness of lowest shell course, as determined by 5.6.3, 5.6.4 or A.4.1 (with joint efficiency E = 1.0) including

corrosion allowance where applicable,

and (3) The portion of the neck plate having a length equal to the thickness of the reinforcing plate. Reinforcing area

provided shall be adequate for Design Conditions as well as Hydrostatic Test Conditions.

f. The width of the tank-bottom reinforcing plate at the centerline of the opening shall be 250 mm (10 in.) plus the

combined nominal thickness of the shell plate in the flush-connection assembly and the shell reinforcing plate. The

thickness of the bottom reinforcing plate shall be calculated by the following equation (see 5.7.7.6):

The minimum nominal thickness of any structural member, including any corrosion

allowance on the exposed side or sides, shall not be less than 6 mm (0.236 in.) for columns,

knee braces and beams or stiffeners which by design normally resist axial compressive

forces or 4 mm (0.17 in.) for any other structural member.

where

b = maximum allowable roof plate span, measured circumferentially from center-to-center of rafters.

Fy = specified minimum yield strength of roof plate,

t = corroded roof thickness, which is nominal plate thickness minus corrosion allowance, if any,

p = uniform pressure as determined from load combinations described in Appendix R.

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5.10.4.7 Roof support columns shall be provided at their bases with details that provide for

the following:

a. Load Distribution: Column loads shall be distributed over a bearing area based on the

specified soil bearing capacity or foundation

design. Where an unstiffened horizontal plate is designed to distribute the load, it shall be

have a minimum nominal thickness of not less than 12 mm (1/2 in.) thick. Alternatively, the

column load may be distributed by an assembly of structural beams. The plate or members

shall be designed to distribute the load without exceeding allowable stresses prescribed in

5.10.3.1.

b. Corrosion and Abrasion Protection: At each column a wear plate with a minimum nominal

thickness of not less than 6 mm (1/4 in.) thickness shall be welded to the tank bottom with a

6 mm (1/4 in.) minimum fillet weld. A single adequate thickness plate may be designed for

the dual functions of load distribution and corrosion/abrasion protection.

Note: Self-supporting roofs whose roof plates are stiffened by sections welded to the plates need not

conform to the minimum thickness requirements, but the nominal thickness of the roof plates shall not

be less than 4.8 mm (3/16 in.) when so designed by the Manufacturer, subject to the approval of the

Purchaser.

θ ≤ 37 degrees (slope = 9:12)

θ ≥ 9.5 degrees (slope = 2:12)

In SI units:

Minimum Nominal thickness shall not be less than be the greater of =

Maximum Corroded thickness shall not be more than = 13 mm, exclusive of corrosion

allowance

where

D = nominal diameter of the tank shell (m),

T = greater of load combinations (e)(1) and (e)(2) of Appendix R (kPa),

θ = angle of cone elements to the horizontal (deg).

In US Customary units:

Minimum Nominal thickness shall not be less than be the greater of =

Maximum Corroded thickness shall not be more than = 1/2 in., exclusive of corrosion

allowance

5.10.6.1 Self-supporting dome and umbrella roofs shall conform to the following

requirements:

Minimum radius = 0.8D (unless otherwise specified by the Purchaser)

Maximum radius = 1.2D

In SI units:

Minimum Nominal thickness shall not be less than be the greater of =

Maximum Corroded thickness shall not be more than = 13 mm, exclusive of corrosion

allowance

where

D = nominal diameter of the tank shell (m),

T = greater of load combinations (e)(1) and (e)(2) of Appendix R (kPa),

rr = roof radius (m).

In US Customary units:

Minimum Nominal thickness shall not be less than be the greater of =

Maximum Corroded thickness shall not be more than = 1/2 in., exclusive of corrosion

allowance

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Unanchored tanks shall satisfy both of the following uplift criteria:

1. 0.6Mw + MPi < MDL /1.5

2. Mw + 0.4MPi < (MDL + MF)/2

where

MPi = moment about the shell-to-bottom joint from design internal pressure,.

Mw = overturning moment about the shell-to-bottom joint from horizontal plus vertical wind pressure,

MDL = moment about the shell-to-bottom joint from the weight of the shell and roof supported by the shell,

MF = moment about the shell-to-bottom joint from liquid weight.

The liquid weight (wL) is the weight of a band of liquid at the shell using a specific gravity of 0.7 and a height of

one-half the

design liquid height H. wL shall be the lesser of 0.90HD for USC units and 14.8HD for SI Units:.

In SI units:

(N/m)

In US Customary units

(lbf/ft)

where

Fby = minimum specified yield stress of the bottom plate under the shell MPa (lbf/in.2),

H = design liquid height, m (ft),

D = tank diameter, m (ft),

tb = required corroded thickness (not including corrosion allowance) of the bottom plate under the shell mm (in.)

that is used to resist wind overturning. The bottom plate shall have the following restrictions:

1. The thickness, tb, used to calculate wL shall not exceed the first shell course corroded thickness. less any shell

corrosion allowance.

where

th = roof plate thickness (the corroded thickness when used with W1 and nominal thickness when used with W3) in (mm.)

th = roof plate thickness (the corroded thickness when used with W1 and nominal thickness when used with W3) in (in.)

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8.1.8.1 The Manufacturer shall prepare an as-built radiograph map showing the final

location of all radiographs taken along with the film identification marks.

A.1.1 This appendix provides requirements for field-erected tanks of relatively small

capacity in which the stressed components have a maximum nominal thickness of no more

than 13 mm (1/2 in.). including any corrosion allowance specified by the Purchaser. The

stressed components include the shell and reinforcing plates, shell reinforcing plates for

flush-type cleanout fittings and flush-type shell connections, and bottom plates that are

welded to the shell. The maximum nominal thickness limit of no more than 13 mm (1/2 in.)

does not apply to:

A.4.1 The minimum nominal thicknesses of shell plates shall not be less than that be

computed from the stress on the vertical joints, using the following

formula:

In SI units:

where

t = minimum nominal thickness, in mm (see 5.6.1.1),

In US Customary units:

where

t = minimum nominal thickness (in.) (see 5.6.1.1),

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A.4.2 The nominal thickness of shell plates (including shell extensions for floating roofs)

shall not be less than that listed in

3.6.1.1. The nominal thickness of shell plates refers to the tank shell as constructed. The

nominal thicknesses given in 5.6.1.1 are based on erection requirements.

The nominal thickness of annular bottom plates shall equal or exceed the requirements

given in Table AL-4a and Table AL-4b.

Diameter (m) Size (mm)

Nominal Thickness of

First Shell Course (mm)

(as constructed)

Nominal Thickness of

First Shell Course (in.)

(as constructed)

AL.5.3 SHELLS

The minimum nominal thickness of the shell plates shall be no less than the greatest of the

calculated design shell thickness td including any corrosion allowance and the hydrostatic

test shell thickness tt, and the thickness required by Table AL-5a and Table AL-5b:

E.6.2.1.2 Mechanically-Anchored

When mechanical anchorage is required, the anchor embedment or attachment to the

foundation, the anchor attachment assembly and the attachment to the shell shall be

designed for PA. The anchor attachment design load, PA, shall be the lesser of the load equal

to the minimum specified yield strength multiplied by the as-built nominal root cross-

sectional area of the anchor or three times PAB.

E.7.1.2 Mechanically-Anchored

When mechanical-anchorage is required, at least six anchors shall be provided. The spacing

between anchors shall not exceed 3 m(10 ft). When anchor bolts are used, they shall have a

corroded minimum shank diameter of no less than 25 mm (1 in.). excluding any corrosion

allowance. Carbon steel anchor straps shall have a nominal thickness of not less than be 6

mm (1/4 in.) minimum thickness and shall have a minimum corrosion allowance of 1.5 mm

(1/16 in.) on each surface for a distance at least 75 mm (3 in.) but not more than 300 mm (12

in.) above the surface of the concrete.

designed so that the resistance to uplift at the bottom of the shell will be the greatest of the

following:

a. The uplift produced by 1.5 times the design pressure of the corroded empty tank (minus

any specified corrosion allowance) plus the uplift from the design wind velocity on the tank.

b. The uplift produced by 1.25 times the test pressure applied to the empty tank (with the

as-built nominal thicknesses).

I.7.3.2 The required minimum nominal thickness of the bottom plate supported on grillage

shall not be less than that determined by the following equation:

J.3.6.1 Manholes, nozzles, and other connections in the shell shall be constructed and

attached as specified in 5.7, but it is unlikely that reinforcing plates will be required for

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manholes and nozzles in the tank shell. The need for reinforcement shall be checked

according to the procedure given in 5.7.2. Since the minimum nominal shell-plate

thicknesses given in required by J.3.3 will normally exceed the calculated thickness, the

excess material in the shell should satisfy the reinforcement requirements in nearly all

cases.

Appendix L

31. Seals

– Minimum Nominal Shoe Thickness*: Include units. See C.3.13 and H.4.4.4.

32. Data for All Floating Roofs:

Minimum Nominal Deck Thickness*: Specify a minimum nominal deck thickness greater than that stated in

C.3.3.2. If not specified, the Manufacturer shall insert the thickness stated in the above reference.

M.5.1 The requirements of 5.10.5 and 5.10.6, which are applicable to self-supporting roofs,

shall be modified. For a maximum design temperature above 93°C (200°F), the calculated

minimum nominal thickness of roof plates, as defined in 5.10.5 and 5.10.6,shall be increased

by the ratio of 199,000 MPa (28,800,000 lbf/in.2) to the material’s modulus of elasticity at

the maximum design temperature.

S.1.4 The minimum thicknesses specified in this appendix are corroded thicknesses unless

otherwise stated.

All bottom plates shall have a minimum nominal corroded thickness of not less than 5 mm

(3/16 in.), exclusive of any corrosion allowance. Bottom plates which weld to shell plates

thicker than 25 mm (1.0 in.) shall have a minimum nominal corroded thickness of not less

than 6 mm (1/4 in.), exclusive

of corrosion allowance. Unless otherwise agreed to by the Purchaser, all rectangular and

sketch plates (bottom plates on which theshell rests that have one end rectangular) shall

have a minimum nominal width of not less than 1,200 mm (48 in.).

S.3.2.1.1 The required minimum nominal thickness of shell plates shall not be less than the

greater of the design shell thickness plus corrosion allowance, test shell thickness, or the

nominal plate thickness listed in 5.6.1.1

S.3.3.3 Shell manholes shall be in conformance with 5.7.5 except that the minimum

nominal thickness requirements shall be multiplied by the greater of (a) the ratio of the

material yield strength at 40°C (100°F) to the material yield strength at the maximum

design temperature, or (b) the ratio of 205 MPa (30,000 psi) to the material yield strength at

the maximum design temperature.

S.3.4.2 All stainless steel components of the roof manhole shall have a minimum nominal

thickness of not less than 5 mm (3/16 in.).

S.6 Appendices

c. Appendix J is applicable, except the minimum nominal shell thickness for all tank

diameters shall not be less than 5 mm (3/16 in.).

V.3.1 NOMENCLATURE

DL = dead load, the weight of the tank or tank component, including any corrosion allowance calculated using

nominal thickness, unless otherwise specified,

kPa (lb/ft2)

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Hsafe = maximum height of unstiffened shell permitted, based on the tsmin, m (ft) calculated

minimum shell thickness

tb = nominal thickness of bottom plate under the shell, including corrosion allowance, mm (in.)

tcone = required nominal thickness of cone roof plate, including corrosion allowance, mm (in.). (Maximum corroded

thickness shall be 12.5 mm (0.5 in.) excl.corrosion allowance)

tdome = required nominal thickness of dome roof plate, including corrosion allowance, mm (in.) (Maximum corroded

thickness shall be 12.5 mm (0.5 in.) excl. corrosion allowance)

ts1, ts2…tsn = nominal thickness of cylindrical shell course 1, 2…n, mm (in.), where the subscript numbering is from

top to bottom of the shell. Note: The subscript 1 denotes the top shell course and n denotes the lowest shell course.

tshell = actual nominal thickness of shell at level under consideration, including corrosion allowance, mm (in.)

Unless specified otherwise by the Purchaser, the evaluation of tanks in accordance with the requirements of this

appendix may be based on the as-built nominal thickness of the pressure-resisting components, including any

specified corrosion allowance. If the nature of the tank service conditions is such that corrosion will result in a

uniform loss of thickness of the affected components, the Purchaser should specify that corrosion allowance be

deducted from the as-built nominal thickness used in the evaluation.

The procedure utilizes the minimum thickness nominal thickness of thinnest shell course and

the transformed shell method to establish intermediate stiffener number and locations.

V.8.1.3 The equation in V.8.1.2 can be rewritten to calculate the minimum nominal shell

thickness of the thinnest shell course required for a specified design external pressure as

V.8.2.2.2 The distance between adjacent intermediate stiffeners on the actual shell for

shells of non-uniform thickness is determined in accordance with the following procedures.

a. Maximum spacing, Ls, on minimum nominal thickness of the thinnest shell course , tsmin =

HTS / (Ns + 1)

V.8.2.2.2 The distance between adjacent intermediate stiffeners on the actual shell for shells of non-uniform

thickness is determined

in accordance with the following procedures.

a. Maximum spacing, Ls, on the nominal thickness of the thinnest shell course, tsmin = HTS / (Ns + 1)

b. Maximum spacing, Ls on other shell thicknesses = [HTS / (Ns + 1)](tsx / tsmin)2.5, where tsx is the individual shell

thickness.

c. Where the spacing between stiffeners includes different shell thicknesses, adjust the actual spacing using the

transformed shell spacings adjusted accordingly. See V.10 for a numerical example of this procedure

1. Select roof type: Try a self-supporting cone roof with a 20-degree slope from

horizontal.

The required nominal thickness of the cone roof plate is calculated from V.7.2.1, as follows:

tcone = 0.869 in., this thickness is not practical. Consider a supported cone roof or a self-supporting

dome roof.

X.1.4 The minimum thicknesses specified in this appendix are corroded thicknesses unless

otherwise stated.

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All bottom plates shall have a minimum nominal corroded thickness of not less than 5 mm

(3/16 in.), exclusive of any corrosion allowance. Unless otherwise approved by the Purchaser,

all rectangular and sketch plates (bottom plates on which the shell rests that have one end

rectangular) shall have a minimum nominal width of not less than 1200 mm (48 in.).

The required minimum nominal shell thickness shall be the greater of the design shell

thickness plus corrosion allowance, test shell thickness, or the nominal plate thickness listed

in 5.6.1.1

All duplex stainless steel components of the roof manhole shall have a minimum nominal

thickness of not less than 5 mm (3/16 in.).

X.6 Appendices

b. Appendix C is applicable; however, the Purchaser shall identify all materials of

construction. The minimum nominal deck thickness using duplex stainless steel shall not be

less than be 2.5 mm (0.094 in.).

construction. The minimum nominal deck thickness using duplex stainless steel shall not be

less than be 2.5 mm (0.094 in.).

e. Appendix J is applicable, except the minimum nominal shell thickness for all tank

diameters shall not be less than 5 mm (3/16 in.).

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