Fire Sprinkler Tanks
COVAC Case Study

Cylindrical, Sectional Steel Fire Sprinkler Tank

WRAS Certified & DWI Listed
20 Years In Business

Client: Car Manufacturer
Project Brief: The Internal Repair, Preparation Relining of 1 No. Cylindrical, Sectional, Steel Fire Sprinkler Tank
System Specification: Acothane DW Solvent Free Polyurethane
Completion Date: 2016
Guarantee: 10 Years
COVAC Contract Ref: 1526

Summary Of Works

1 No. sectional, steel, circular, fire sprinkler tank located externally at ground level. The steel tank has been formed from galvanised steel curved panels, sized at approximately 2.4m (l) x 1.2m (h) and bolted together utilising mastic between the joints to form a cylinder. The cylinder has been constructed and installed onto a pre-prepared concrete base, whilst the roof of the tank is manufactured from galvanised steel sheeting. The overall size of the structure is approximately 14m diameter x 7.2m high. Each tank holds approximately 60% fire sprinkler water and 40% industrial water.

The tank had been internally lined with a Butyl liner or ‘Bag’ which had reached the end of its useful life due to general deterioration . The internal steel surfaces had subsequently started to corrode and had formed holes in numerous areas of each of the tank.

Moss had grown externally on the concrete base, contributing towards its accelerated degradation and corrosion of the internal mastic and steel substrate had resulted in significant loss of water from the structure to the surrounding area.

The internal, galvanised coating had reached the end of its useful life due to sub-fim corrosion, low film build, poor elongation properties, general deterioration and subsequent breakdown with numerous areas of corrosion forming holes, predominantly around the bottom steel base panels of the tank, where the steel panels meet the concrete interface. These types of structures tend to deteriorate primarily around these areas due to water absorption of the concrete, combined with the release of various contaminants such as salts and acids from the concrete traversing into the steel substrate. This process acts as a significant catalyst for sub-film corrosion and subsequent failure of the steel, due to accelerated corrosion. The existing mastic between the panels had deteriorated and lost its elasticity, which had resulted in a substantial loss of water via major leaks.