LININGS CASE STUDY

Replacing and improving an aging storage bunker lining

A long-time customer needed help replacing an aging lining for a storage bunker. We collaborated on an updated solution that reduced material migration risk and improved flow performance.

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Highlights

Chemical plant linings case study

Improving performance and bulk material flow in chemical plant applications

After 20 years of reliable performance, our customer needed a replacement for a lining that was beginning to show its age. The existing liner in their raised high storage bunker had begun to allow bulk materials to migrate behind the liner, compromising the steel base of the system and threatening costly plant failure.

Our solution was a new lining system made from advanced thermoplastics, specifically our TIVAR® 88 UHMW-PE lining material.

Not only did this high-performance material enable efficient bulk flow, the improved design also protected the steel base and reduced the risk of failure.

Industry: Linings, Chemical Plant Engineering

Solution: A self-contained lining system

Products: TIVAR® 88 UHMW-PE

Results: A more reliable lining system that promotes efficient material flow

Challenge

An old storage bunker liner begins to show its age

Our customer operates the chemical industry, developing and manufacturing titanium dioxide pigments and performance additives. Via a partnership with a plant engineering and tank construction conpany, the customer had been happily using lining materials supplied by MCG in their storage bunker for over 20 years. 

During operation of their plant, specifically during material flow, the customer noticed that the 20-year-old lining was no longer effective in preventing material back migration. Pigments had started migrating behind the liner, exposing the steel base of the storage bunker to chemical attack and compromising the stability of the entire container. 

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Solution

A custom bulk flow solution: A self-contained lining system

After a detailed analysis of the challenge and application, we made recommendations for both material selection and, importantly, alternative design considerations.

Using our TIVAR® 88 UHMW-PE lining material, we proposed a self-contained lining system that included a leading-edge protector as an additional precaution against bulk material making its way behind the lining.

By preventing back migration, this new and improved design protects the steel base of the raised storage bunker, ensuring safe and reliable performance for many more years to come.

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Partners in possibility

This long-standing customer knew they could partner with us to not only replace a liner they had relied on for two decades, but to improve it. Combining our design expertise and portfolio of advanced lining materials, we redesigned the storage bunker lining altogether, ensuring performance for many more years to come.
Results

Enabling efficient, reliable bulk material flow for the chemical industry

The replacement we developed for the storage bunker liner didn’t simply fix the immediate issue posed by the worn-out liner — it was also an upgrade both in terms of material performance and component design.
 
The unique proprietary advantages of TIVAR® 88 UHMW-PE have made it the material of choice for the lining of storage and transport containers, hoppers, chutes, tubes, bunkers, conveyors, vibratory pans, and stand pipes.

Interested in learning how liners can help improve your bulk material storage or transport application? Contact our expert teams today.

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