By Clifford Matthews

The API person Certification courses (ICP) are good tested within the oil/gas/petroleum industries. This advisor studies one in every of API's 3 major ICPs: API 653: qualified garage tank inspector. It discusses key definitions and scope, inspection regimes and trying out strategies in relation to tank layout, linings, welds, safeguard structures, fix and alteration.

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API 653 deals with that in detail later. 2 simply reinforces the idea that it is the tank product that generally causes the corrosion. It also mentions bottom sediment and water (BS&W) – a common examination question. e. just about anything that is not classed as corrosion. Note these API value judgement points that appear in this section: – The most critical place for crack-like flaws is at the shell-to-bottom weld, owing to the high stresses. – Settlement underneath the tank bottom caused by freezing and thawing can trap water and cause bottom corrosion.

Discussion of this is hidden away in API RP 652: Lining of Above Ground Storage Tank Bottoms. All of this code is included in the BOK so SRBs need to be added to the DMs considered from API 571. 5 provides a detailed, if slightly contradictory, explanation of the effect of SRBs. They are basically a facilitation mechanism for concentration cell pitting rather than a separate DM by themselves. 13 summarizes the situation. Read this figure as a clue to the content of API exam questions rather than a detailed technical treatise on the subject.

There does seem to be a trend, however, as new editions are published, to cross-reference various H&S documents that have an influence in various ‘jurisdictions’ in the USA or related API documents that contain H&S information. Note how this section references API 2015 (safe entry to tanks), API 2016 (entering and cleaning tanks) and API 2217A (work in confined spaces). They also appear in the list of referenced codes shown in section 2 of API 653. Questions on H&S requirements often appear in the closed-book section of the API exam paper.

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