Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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100 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Dan Furth, the conference's president. Work began about six months ago. "We own it and pay for all of it," he says of the database. "We agreed to go to $100,000 in the first phase of devel- opment. I think we'll continue to fund it. We're asking folks to send in infor- mation on more and more products. group of stakeholders turned over the project to the National Tank Truck Carriers, a conference of the American Trucking Associations. NTTC is paying Battelle Memorial Institute, a scientific research organi- zation based in Columbus, Ohio, to compile the database, according to Tom Berg • Senior Editor H ere's the scenerio: A car- rier sends a tanker rig to a chemicals manufacturer for a load of ferric acid. The tank is made of stainless steel, and should be able to carry the acid safely. Unbeknownst to the carrier, the customer has added a chloride to the brew, making it more aggressive and damaging. Sooner or later, the tank's interior is found to be pitted, making for costly repairs, or worse, leaks have developed. The $100,000 trailer is shot. John Cannon, vice president for engineering at The Walker Group, a unit of Wabash National Corp., has heard of such events from customers, who began talking about them at the group's annual exposition in Fond du Lac, Wisc. Tank products from the Walker, Brenner, Garsite and Bulk di- visions were usually the features at the meeting for motor carrier representa- tives, but the damage issue became a stronger topic. "It came to a head at the 2012 expo, when we talked about it and decided to do something about it," he recalls. The result was the Corrosion Initiative, which quickly became the Liquid Products Database. This is a compilation of chemical products and all their variations, with information on how they affect materials used in tank construction and how they can be dealt with. Early on, the informal A corrosive fluid pitted this stainless steel tanker's interior and started serious rusting. It might or might not be repairable. Once pitting occurs, the material is weakened and it's likely to happen again. Knowing exactly what a commodity is enables a carrier to use the correct type of tanker and avoid such expensive damage. Liquid Products Database lists 5,000-plus substances and how they affect the interior walls of tank trailers. Trailers Avoiding damage from aggressive cargoes PHOTOS: THE WALKER GROUP

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