4 Major Factors Contributing to Tank Implosions

An imploded tank can result in downtime for your business. Learn about these crucial mistakes and how to avoid them to save time and money.

Improper CIP Timing and Condensation

If cold media is introduced into the tank immediately after hot media, the tank may implode if it doesn’t have enough time to cool down and if there isn’t proper ventilation to control condensation. Ventilation allows air to enter the tank, compensating for volume changes that occur during steam condensation.

Overflow Entering the Ventilation System

Your ventilation system should not be used to store overflow or determine when the tank is full. When the tank is shut off with overflow present, the product needs to be removed from the ventilation system. During this process, air from inside the tank may also be extracted, causing the tank sides to curve inward. If too much air is removed, the tank will implode.

Inadequate Venting

The size of your vent and filter must allow airflow equal to the rate at which the tank is filled. If a vent is clogged or closed, it is considered inadequate as it doesn’t provide sufficient venting due to limited air entering the tank. When the two rates are unequal, implosions aren’t the only risk – a loss of sterility can also occur.

Equipment Failure

Your equipment can fail if not properly operated and maintained. This can lead to any of the three causes mentioned above or trigger a chain reaction of malfunctions if the original issue is not noticed and addressed promptly.

Quick Tips to Avoid Implosions

Avoid these critical mistakes.

Understand the convective cooling rate associated with your tank.

Select the correct anti-vacuum design and vent line design for your tank.

Install a High-Level Probe in your tank to prevent contents from flowing into the ventilation system.

Use a maintenance checklist to detect problems early before they become major repairs.

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