A Graphical Big Picture for Tank Technologies

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A graphical method is presented for comparing different tank technologies and evaluating scalability, over wide ranges of volume and pressure. Mass contours are plotted on log-log graphs of pressure versus volume, using either theory or data points representing hardware. The simple theoretical case for infinitely scaleable tanks made of a single isotropic material has a constant value of PV/m over the entire plot, and results in straight diagonal mass contours. The contours become more complicated as a result of practical considerations. The latter include minimum wall thickness limits and non-pressure structural loads, as well as minimum thicknesses for the liner ... continued below

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Whitehead, J C June 15, 2007.

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A graphical method is presented for comparing different tank technologies and evaluating scalability, over wide ranges of volume and pressure. Mass contours are plotted on log-log graphs of pressure versus volume, using either theory or data points representing hardware. The simple theoretical case for infinitely scaleable tanks made of a single isotropic material has a constant value of PV/m over the entire plot, and results in straight diagonal mass contours. The contours become more complicated as a result of practical considerations. The latter include minimum wall thickness limits and non-pressure structural loads, as well as minimum thicknesses for the liner and composite over-wrap of multi-layered tank walls. Given a requirement for a tank at a particular volume and pressure, a set of plots representing different technologies can be used to estimate tank masses and select one or more technologies that would meet the need.

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  • Presented at: 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cincinnati, OH, United States, Jul 08 - Jul 11, 2007

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  • Report No.: UCRL-CONF-232080
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 912679
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc890825

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Whitehead, J C. A Graphical Big Picture for Tank Technologies, article, June 15, 2007; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc890825/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.