Compressor Air tank Explosion

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2021 1:00 pm
In another thread I kind of got a Man threads off topic and I apologize.
But He brought up watching videos on how to calculate his Air compressors CFM so I went looking for these vids see what they were about how they were doing it.

Oh I found a few but never did watch them as I really wasn't all that interested in the subject But did get me off topic when I saw a video titled "Air compressor Tank explosion'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm_FJ6Pat4I

This subject to me is kinda fascinating because Air compressors are considered LOW pressure vessels. After looking into this a Bit more Google and you tube have a great many pic and Vids of this phenomenon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y8ujgzM94c

Actual footage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVP_A7eGYxw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUUxGG2UD50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-hL_s0-KR4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u8GGCqq-4U

I have never given this much thought, I always thought a Tank just started leaking from pin hole rust.

Cant say more about using auto drains and Staying away from Old compressors.
I will be thinking twice about recommending Used compressors any more.
I am in the Market for a New Tank lol
Dennis Barnett
A&P Mechanic, FCC General radio Telephone Operator
Line Maintenance A&P Mechanic and MOC Tech specialist.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 12:27 pm
I am surprised this topic didn't generate any conversation?

I for one cannot afford the possibility of this happening to me in my shop.
I got My compressor used and do not know anything about the tank, It could be 20+ years old now I do not know? I am sure I could find some identifying stamp on it some place but I have wanted a Larger Tank and Motor for some time any way. Good time for an upgrade on both. Maybe go ahead and do a Valve job on my Pump in the process as well.

I found a web sight offering new Tanks the one I am looking at has options for Galvanizing the inside of the tank and or Powder coating the inside of the Tank or BOTH.
It adds a Lot to the cost but shipping is free.

Price with no options:
https://www.compressorworld.com/steelfa ... 10034.html

Price with Galvanizing and Powder coating:
https://www.compressorworld.com/steelfa ... 10034.html
Yes this easily exceeds the price of what almost every one has, But they have a lot of tank size options I for one am looking for a Very large Tank minimum of 120 gal and I think a 200 gal would be better for my Pump.

What do you guys think?
Dennis Barnett
A&P Mechanic, FCC General radio Telephone Operator
Line Maintenance A&P Mechanic and MOC Tech specialist.

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