Document Type

Student Research Paper


Summer 2021

Academic Department

Engineering and Physics

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Jean Batista-Abreu


For more than a century, oil storage disasters have damaged the environment and economy. These have become more common due to increased demands of petroleum for modern-day needs. In recent decades, research has been done computationally to better understand exactly what happens to tanks under a thermal load and why these disasters continue to occur regardless of updated standards. As physical research capabilities are limited due to the aforementioned damage caused by these disasters, this study aims to prove that small-scale testing could be implemented and pave the way for further research without the detrimental effects. The main objective of this study is to conceptually prove that small-scale testing is viable. This objective is encompassed through two goals: to measure and record a thermal gradient around the circumference of a small-scale model, and to induce buckling. While determining a thermal gradient on a small test subject was relatively simple, attempting to induce buckling was unfortunately indeterminable through these tests.


Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Project (SCARP)

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Engineering Commons



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