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We Dropped Our Crosslinked Polyethylene Tank from 45 Feet to Prove Its Durability [Video]

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Our cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) chemical storage tanks can handle the industry’s toughest durability tests. And, we must confess, we have fun testing their durability! As you’ll see in this blog and video documentation, the tests and the results are impressive.

The Poly Processing Tank Drop Test

We first tested a 3,000-gallon High-Density Linear Polyethylene tank. We filled the tank with 7,000 pounds of water (ten times the weight of an empty tank) and dropped it from 15 feet to a concrete surface.

As expected, the linear polyethylene tank experienced a complete catastrophic failure.

We repeated the same test on a Poly Processing XLPE tank. The Poly Processing  tank was a 3000-gallon crosslinked polthyelyene tank filled with 7000 pounds of water. As with the first tank, this was ten times the weight of an empty tank. When we dropped the tank 15 feet to the same concrete surface, there was absolutely no damage. The tank had no tears or cracks of any kind, and the water remained entirely contained within the tank.

Next, we filled the same crosslinked polyethylene tank with 11,000 pounds of water. That’s over 15 times the weight of an empty tank! It was dropped from the same height to the same surface, with the same results: no damage to the tank.

Finally, the same tank was dropped from the full height of the crane—45 feet in the air. Even after the third drop, from 45 feet to a conrete surface, the tank remained 100% intact with no leaks or cracks.

You can view each of these tests in the video below.


The Toughest Tanks in the Industry

These tests are an impressive demonstration of our XLPE tanks’ durability and strength, but they’re more than just for show. The strength and longevity of our chemical storage tanks are our top priorities. We’re committed to manufacturing the toughest tanks in the industry—so we’re always working to improve the durability of our polyethylene tank solutions.

Dramatic testing like the drop test allows us to put our tanks through most extreme conditions so that we can guarantee their quality to our customers. Your employees’ safety and your company’s operations depend upon it.

Want to see more tank tests? You can view other Poly Processing quality tests on our YouTube channel.

For more information on the testing we do, contact a chemical storage tank expert at Poly Processing today.

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