As a follow up to my reference guide on the selection of an above-ground fuel storage tank, I wanted to provide some technical details on the performance tests required for a “Protected” tank designed for compliance with UL-2085. The following document is published by the Steel Tank Institute (here), and provides a good technical summary … Read more
A radiator-mounted load bank can be a very practical solution to meet minimum load requirements on emergency generators. The mechanical installation of these load banks can be accomplished in a number of ways, providing the designer with a simple solution for most applications. This article covers the most common installation methods, and tips on how … Read more
The benefits of having a reliable on-site power system to carry through natural or man-made disasters are clear. These benefits come with substantial initial investments in design, equipment purchase, and maintenance programs. But, what are some of the unforeseen costs that may surprise the owner of a newly-constructed facility? These are the Top-5 issues that I see after construction of large facilities.
When installing fuel tanks inside buildings, per the International Fire Code, all tank vents should be taken to the exterior, except in the case of “protected” tanks (UL2085 listed tanks), which are allowed to have emergency vents terminated inside. The section of the 2018 IFC related to tank venting can be found here. Below is … Read more