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Underground storage tanks risk mitigation system

MoniTank - Underground storage tanks risk mitigation system for petrol fuel stations

MoniTank offers a commercial continuous advanced structural health monitoring system (SHM) for underground storage tanks (USTs) based on acoustic emission, risk based inspection techniques, IoT and advance signal processing and data acquisition systems. The product will be able to identify defects affecting structural integrity with 99% Probability of Detection (POD) in USTs before they lead to leak, rupture or failure. Consortium including INT NDT, IRIS, TWI, BIC and Floteks will avail the business opportunity provided by market of 132k potential customers (filling stations only in EU) and foreseen maintenance services investments in storage systems, resulting in growing NDT and maintenance needs and lack of robust autonomous continuous SHM systems for USTs in oil and gas production and distribution industries market at present by offering MoniTank product.

Limitations of current monitoring systems’ performance, their non-compliance with legislation/standards requirement of detection accuracy and reliance on experienced workforce for inspection and maintenance create a differentiating strategic advantage for successful market replication of MoniTank.

MoniTank will be able to provide continuous monitoring and will use intelligent algorithms to predict potential structural failure. The technologies integrated and validated during this project will consist of: sensors; processing capabilities (MCU processor hardware); AE sensors, transmission data; batteries; and data wireless transmission and cloud computing, therefore presenting the target customers with a system for risk based inspection criterion for USTs.


To develop a continuous, sensor based condition monitoring system capable of transmitting condition of underground storage tanks online and defect recognition software in hands of operators making it possible to inspect underground storage tanks without need of decommissioning or downtime monitoring activity.


MoniTank will strengthen energy safety by ensuring the integrity of tank structures, and guaranteeing supply of fuel/petrol/gas without disruptions or threats to environment, health or life. MoniTank will allow more cost effective operation of USTs with reduced inspection cost, increasing available capacity and throughput.

Project Partners

  • Integrity NDT
  • IRIS
  • TWI Ltd
  • Floteks
  • Brunel University London

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Project last modified 18/05/2021