For those of you investigating gasworks, the attached profile may be of interest.
This profile aims to give a simple insight into the construction and operation of gasholders and their tanks, for those who investigate former gasworks sites.
Although gasholders seem
simplistic, the complexity and ingenuity of these structures should not be underestimated; they have been the result complex engineering design which
has been well documented in many
texts. This profile is limited to a brief description of the various types of gasholders, their operation and importantly their tanks.
Gasholders are generally the only feature of a gasworks to still remain visible today,characterised by a series of large interconnected (telescopic) cylindrical
vessels (lifts) which rise
and fall depending on the volume of the gas stored. The number of operational gasholders has gradually decreased due to the improved storage capacity of gas
within the gas mains, but a
few still remain today. Despite this, the tanks of former gasholders are often still present on many former gasworks sites hidden beneath the ground.
Although written for the UK, this should be of relevance to other countries.
This is one of four Gasworks related profiles, previous profiles include:
Producer Gas and Country House Gasworks
Water Gas Plant
Dr Russell Thomas
+44117 9339262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This profile aims to give an insight into the construction and operation of gasholders and their tanks, for those who investigate former gasworks sites or have a general interest in the gas industry. 5697 KB (PDF)