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Springs Fabrications Pressure Vessels and Tanks


Pressure Vessels

A pressure vessel or tank is a closed container designed to hold gases or liquids at a high pressure substantially different from the ambient pressure. Pressure vessels can tolerate pressures above 15 psi. They are designed to hold liquids, gasses and sometimes solids. Many types of pressure vessels are used, and some examples are tankers with hazardous materials and airplanes. Pressure Vessels and tanks are very useful and necessary in a great number of applications and situations. If not handled and maintained properly, pressure vessels can present a number of dangers

Most pressure vessels are cylindrical, but they can come in a variety of shapes with open or closed ends. Nitrous oxide, liquid nitrogen or other gasses are usually carried in closed-end vessels. In industrial kitchens or factories, open-ended vessels are typically used. They act, essentially, as pipes that connect two high-pressure areas together. These types of pressure vessels are capable of holding significant pressure moving through them. For additional protection, they typically have reinforced sides.

Pressure vessels come in many different shapes and sizes for varying uses. Producers commonly use pressure vessels to move, distribute and transfer potentially harmful gasses such as oxygen. Also, these vessels are used in manufacturing plants to transport and carry flammable liquids, such as gasoline. Another type and use of a pressure vessel is a fire extinguisher.

The dangers of pressure vessels are possible when the vessel has a leak or crack. This can lead to an explosion if the crack is big enough for the pressure of the air to weaken the sides of the container. In this situation an accident or large bump can cause the hazardous contents to explode and even start a fire. Also, a leak allows poisonous gas to escape unknowingly causing people to suffocate. Only trained professionals who work with them on a regular basis should handle pressure vessels. Training on vessel-specific issues such as fire emergencies and proper maintenance require certification through programs in order to educate handlers on how to install and maintain pressure vessels.

Springs Fabrication, Inc. has been serving companies nationwide since 1986. They are the number one choice for quality machining and fabrication services in a wide range of industries. For your pressure vessel or metal fabrication needs, Springs Fabrication is prepared to provide any company with the product they need to their specifications.