Engineer’s Guide to Tank Gauging

Tank gauging is the process of measuring liquids in storage tanks to determine the volume and mass of the liquid. Typically, these measurements include level, temperature and pressure.

A new user guide, The Engineer’s Guide To Tank Gauging is available to request for download. This 104-page guide explores tank gauging technologies, engineering standards and approvals, volume and mass assessment, accuracies and uncertainties, temperature measurement, liquefied gases, additional sensors, system architectures, overfill prevention and typical tank gauging configurations.

The Engineer's Guide To Tank Gauging

Tank gauging is used in many industrial processes including refineries, petrochemical complexes, distribution terminals, pipeline terminals, fuel depots, air fueling storage and chemical storage locations. Typical applications include:

  • Oil movement and operations
  • Inventory control
  • Custody transfer
  • Loss control and mass balance
  • Volume reconciliation
  • Overfill prevention
  • Leak detection

The Engineer's Guide To Tank GaugingIn these applications, tank gauging systems such as Emerson’s Rosemount Tank Gauging System provide information such as how much liquid and remaining available room is in the tank, filling and discharge rates, dangerous high-level conditions, time to empty, and batch transfer time.

These systems provide the information to accurately measure and report inventory levels and legal or fiscal custody transfer in compliance with international certifying agencies.

From a process management, safety and optimization standpoint, these systems help manage loss and mass balance and provide overfill prevention.

The guide reviews tank gauging technologies such as hand gauging, float gauges, servo gauges, the different types of radar gauges and application considerations for selection. Engineering standards and technology approvals play a large role also in the selection criteria and a full chapter is dedicated to these.

If your process includes the management of storage tanks, this guide provides an extremely comprehensive look at the considerations, selection criteria and architectures to provide safe, reliable and efficient management.

Request your copy of The Engineer’s Guide to Tank Gauging today.

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