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An Introduction to Petroleum Fuel Facilities: Atmospheric Storage Tanks

COURSE NO: P04-002
An Introduction to Petroleum Fuel Facilities: Atmospheric Storage Tanks
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides guidance for the design of atmospheric storage tanks for the storage of petroleum fuels. Underground and aboveground storage tanks in both horizontal and vertical configuration are discussed.


According to the NFPA, atmospheric storage tanks are defined as those tanks that are designed to operate at pressures between atmospheric and 6.9 kPa gage, as measured at the top of the tank. Such tanks are built in two basic designs: the cone-roof design where the roof remains fixed, and the floating-roof design where the roof floats on top of the liquid and rises and falls with the liquid level.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for mechanical and petroleum engineers, and other design and construction professionals seeking an introduction to atmospheric storage tanks for storage of petroleum fuels.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the design requirements for aboveground tank spill containment systems
  • Understanding how underground and aboveground tank spill containment systems differ
  • Learning about the application of tank heaters and other appurtenances
  • Learning how to design underground vertical storage tanks
  • Understanding the special requirements for underground horizontal storage tanks
  • Learning how to design horizontal protected tanks aboveground
  • Understanding the requirements for fire-resistant aboveground horizontal tanks
  • Understanding the requirements for single-wall steel aboveground tanks
  • Familiarizing with the special design requirements for double-wall steel tanks
  • Understanding the general criteria and requirements for atmospheric storage tanks
  • Learning about marine off-load fuel storage tanks
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, "An Introduction to Petroleum Fuel Facilities: Atmospheric Storage Tanks".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Petroleum Fuel Facilities - Atmospheric Storage Tanks (3.9 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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