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July 2004
A History of Steel Tank Structural Design
by David Cooper
In the beginning, there were wood barrels. As coopering was an established profession and barrels were a common food storage packaging system, they came in all sizes and were easy to obtain. Oak barrels or redwood tanks were used for initial wine fermenting, aging and storage. Concrete tanks (lined or unlined) were also used for fermenting and wine storage. Stainless steel tanks began to be used in the 1950s for wine fermenting, aging and storage because they were easy to keep clean, limited win...
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