Silo Structural Inspection
Silo structural inspection are for large, static, and non-moving complex and dynamic structural system, flexing and bending under various loads in ways unapparent to the naked eye. Silos structural inspection are serious structural inspections and EMA understands silos. EMA is committed to the business of silo engineering and silo structural inspections, having designed and assessed hundreds of silos around the world. Our structural engineer team includes registered structural engineers with decades of experience, as well as members of the American Concrete Institute 313 Committee that writes the code for silo design. This diverse expertise allows us to design silos that are practical and economical to construct, and that are configured to withstand years of filling and reclaim and deliver durable structural performance.
Structural Silo Inspection
In addition to having a design capability of silos and complex hopper systems, EMA can inspect and perform silo structural inspection of all types and sizes in locations around the world. Large repairs and replacement costs are often operationally problematic and difficult to justify. Our structural engineers focus on realistic, practical recommendations that balance the need for rigorous assessment with the need for continued operations. We work with owners to determine the appropriate levels of investigation for silo structural inspection for each unique facility. And we conduct inspections with an eye to minimizing impact to your process.
Because we have expertise at both silo design and silo structural inspection and assessment, we offer unique advantages in both disciplines. Our inspection experience has taught us what works well in silo design, and which practices may lead to deterioration and failure, Hence a silo structural inspection is required for all silos and stacks. And our design expertise means we know what to look for beyond the surface, so we can focus our inspections on root causes and design repairs that address the source of deterioration. Regardless of the commodity handled, whether you are an owner, operator, or constructor, our experience with over hundreds of silo structural inspection can help you economically construct and maintain silos that will perform reliably in the long term after a structural inspection.
Concrete, Steel Silo Inspection
Prevention is the most effective method to ensure the integrity of concrete and steel structures, surfaces, and silos. A proactive maintenance and silo inspection program is crucial to increase the life of your concrete and ensure the safety of those working around your structures.
Regular silo inspections, on annual, two- or five-year intervals, can help identify issues that increase the risk of structure collapse. Based on inspection results, preventative maintenance can be performed to avoid larger more expensive repairs later. The cost of preventive maintenance and repair is minimal when compared to the financial and physical toll that a full collapse can have on your company and team.
A proactive safety program should always include annual or semi-annual silo inspections to check for concealed damage and to assess visible problems that could lead to structural failure.
Silo Inspections Can Prevent Collapse
Collapses are often the result of preventable structural failures that would have been identified during routine inspection. Common issues that cause concrete structure and concrete silo failure include foundation deterioration, roof collapse due to roof beam structural issues, improper material filling and unloading procedures in silos, silo wall delamination or deterioration, silo discharge cone or bin floor issues. Steel silos suffer from corrosion, which can be inspected using wear-measure thickness ultrasonic gauges.
Much of this damage is easily preventable through routine silo inspection and maintenance. Third-party inspections, maintenance and repair services are the best way to manage safety on any scale. Many structural issues can be easily and economically addressed if caught early.
Silo Inspection Prevents Problem
The bad news is that a silo structural inspection may present you with problems that need to be solved as soon as possible. The silo structural inspection may reveal that there is extended damage within the structure’s walls. You might even find out that the silo is simply not stable and needs to be taken down. From a business perspective, it seems like few things could possibly be worse. Consider, however, that identifying these problems before true tragedy strikes is certainly worth the investment. Not only will your company’s reputation remain secure in the absence of a horrible accident, but most importantly, no one will be put in danger on the site.
Silo structural inspections don’t have to be bad news, of course. A silo inspection may show that your silo is in good health and that it can stay that way so long as it is maintained well. This is not just good financial news but it also will give everyone in your company a very real peace of mind.
Once any problems are solved and production returns to normal, the most important thing is silo maintenance. Just like with inspection, maintenance should be executed inside and outside of the structure. The following are some of the steps you can take, with a professional, to help maintain the health of your silo.
It does not take long for material to build up inside of a silo, especially if moisture gets added into the mix. Scheduling a regular cleaning of your storage vessel helps ensure that material will continue to flow through and your production levels will remain uninterrupted.
Abrasive blasting or dry ice blasting may be needed if you want to smooth a surface, clean a surface, or prepare a surface for a new coat of paint. Formerly referred to as sand blasting, there are now several safer materials that can be used that also reduce the need for clean-up after the project is complete.
Especially if a vessel is storing dry material, the risk for fire is very real. Make sure that oxygen is vacuumed out of your storage vessel to help make sure that there is no risk of fire being started due to static electricity or some other type of spark.
The better care you take of your health, the less severe and less numerous your problems will be. It is no different for your silo, bin, or any other type of storage vessel. Schedule regular check-ups to make sure no big problems are brewing. Make sure you catch any small problems before they start. Regularly maintain the unit through silo structural inspection so that you can help prevent any issues in the future. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes. An ounce of prevention can even help save the lives of your workers. It’s definitely worth your time.