Student Research Paper
Engineering and Physics
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.
Jacob, Ruth, "Small-Scale Experiment on Steel Tanks Subjected to Fire" (2021). Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects (SCARP). 61.
Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Project (SCARP)