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Table 2-7. Advantages and Disadvantages of Tank Types (Cole et al., 1979).
Advantages
Steel Tank
Concrete Tank
Wooden Tank With Liner
Cost is
Factory insulated Cost is low.
Cost is moderate.
moderate.
tanks are avail-  
able.
Steel tanks
Concrete tanks
Indoor installation
can be de-
Considerable
may be cast in
is easy.
signed to
field experience  place or may be  
withstand
is available.
precast.
pressure.
Some tanks are
Much field
designed
experience
specifically
is available.  for solar energy  
storage.
Connections
to plumbing
are easy.
not rust or
corrode.
Some steel
tanks are de-  
signed speci-  
fically for
solar energy
storage.
Disadvantages
Steel Tank
Concrete Tank
Wooden Tank With Liner
Complete
Maximum tempera-  Careful design isMaximum temperature
tanks are
ture is limited
required to avoidis limited.
difficult
even with special cracks and leaks.
to install
resins.
Wooden tanks must not
indoors.
Concrete tanks
be pressurized.
Fiberglass tanks  must not be
Steel tanks
are relatively
pressurized.
Wooden tanks are not  
are subject
expensive.
suitable for under-
to rust and
Connections to
ground installation.  
corrosion
Complete tanks areplumbing are
difficult to
difficult to make
install indoors.  leaktight.
Underground
installation not  
recommended.
Fiberglass tanks  
must not be
pressurized.
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