Design Options for Overfill Prevention for Aboveground Storage Tanks

30 March 2014

Overfill is a major reason for industrial accidents. Since the Buncefield fire and explosion at the Buncefield UK oil storage facility on 11 December 2005, many organizations have updated or produced new standards based on information from the incident. In addition to overflow of hazardous fluids, overfill may encompass fluids that are safe to discharge to the atmospheric drains. A risk assessment is one of the important elements in an overfill management system. One goal of the risk assessment is to develop the tank control configuration.

There are many ways that a tank may be configured and this paper presents an overview of possible configurations. 

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Satyajit Verma Ph.D., Bechtel