U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

Regulations most recently checked for updates: Jan 23, 2020

§ 179.100-6 - Thickness of plates.

(a) The wall thickness after forming of the tank shell and heads must not be less than that specified in § 179.101, nor that calculated by the following formula:

t = Pd / 2SE Where: d = Inside diameter in inches; E = 1.0 welded joint efficiency; except for heads with seams = 0.9; P = Minimum required bursting pressure in p.s.i.; S = Minimum tensile strength of plate material in p.s.i., as prescribed in § 179.100-7; t = Minimum thickness of plate in inches after forming.

(b) If plates are clad with material having tensile strength properties at least equal to the base plate, the cladding may be considered a part of the base plate when determining thickness. If cladding material does not have tensile strength at least equal to the base plate, the base plate alone shall meet the thickness requirement.

(c) When aluminum plate is used, the minimum width of bottom sheet of tank shall be 60 inches, measured on the arc, but in all cases the width shall be sufficient to bring the entire width of the longitudinal welded joint, including welds, above the bolster.

[29 FR 18995, Dec. 29, 1964. Redesignated at 32 FR 5606, Apr. 5, 1967, and amended by Amdt. 179-10, 36 FR 21344, Nov. 6, 1971]