Frost Heave Prevention systems can prevent the ice buildup in the ground underneath cryogenic tanks. Ice buildup can cause problems such as unwanted or uncontrolled movement or elevation of the tank.
Frost Heave Prevention System – A Complete Heat Management System Approach
Pentair Thermal Management offers a frost heave prevention system that can prevent frost heave by applying thermal insulation around cryogenic tanks and by applying electric heat trace cables to the concrete layers underneath the tank.
We engineer and design a complete turnkey freezer frost heave system that includes heat trace cables, a power distribution system, and a control and monitoring system to fit your unique application.
Our solutions work on all types of large diameter storage tanks including:
- Above Ground Tanks
- Underground Tanks
- Above Ground Tanks with Ground Fill to Top
- Tanks with load bearing thermal insulation (usually Foamglas) supporting the tank
Pentair Thermal Management can design the most optimized Frost Heave Prevention system for you by applying thermal analyses modeling and optimized heating technology. In the design we take several parameters into consideration, including:
- Tank heating requirements to maintain the fluid temperature
- Heating system characteristics and heating element spacing underneath the tank
- Bottom insulation thickness and thermal conductivity
- Project specific requirements
When our advanced products are combined with our engineering services, you get an integrated solution that is strategically planned and executed for an optimum heat management system (HMS).
Premiere Complete Turnkey System
Pentair Thermal Management engineers design a complete turnkey frost heave prevention system based on a comprehensive thermal analysis using:
- State-of-the-art SlabHeat™ software design tool
- 2D- and 3D- finite element analysis (FEA)
These engineering design services are essential to establishing the ideal heat input for the tank base and to enhance the reliability and efficiency of the frost heave prevention system. We can optimize designs to minimize installed and operating cost.
Engineering design service deliverables, depending upon the project scope, can include:
- Determining heat loss, heat input and power requirements
- Establishing heater spacing
- Determining thermal profile patterns based on FEA
- Establishing electrical and thermal performance parameters
- Creating tank specific engineering detail drawings
- Writing system installation instructions