In the automotive world, sometimes a component becomes so ubiquitous the community forgets about innovation and design for purpose. For example, fuel cells and gas tanks have primarily been stamped steel containers for decades. These tanks have worked well under the conditions auto enthusiasts have operated within.
Over time things have changed, however. Fuels have changed and the constituents in the fuels are different. The cost of fuel fluctuates and changes from week-to-week and even from state-to-state. The crew at Titan Fuel Tanks have seized the opportunity to create an improved product to match the changing needs of these enthusiasts.
“People buy products like ours because they want to improve on something they love,” Titan Fuel Tanks’ Mike Deford says. “Maybe it’s for an RV so you can keep your generators running longer and spend more time off the grid. Maybe it’s for the back of your truck so you can refill the ATV, jet ski, or fishing boat you have hitched to it.” Whatever the need is, Deford assures us that Titan Fuel Tanks want to make it easy and safe for the consumer.
Features And Benefits
Pushing the boundaries is not always developing a new and original product. Product innovation is also about taking what is already there and making it better. Titan Fuel Tanks covers both areas: New products and product innovation. Fuel tanks have been around for a long time, making them better was the challenge.
“Since 2007, we have been an industry leader because we look carefully at the problems in current offerings and continue to create products that solve these problems.”
Problems generated by modern fuels are a leading reason to switch to a modern fuel tank. “Our tanks don’t delaminate,” said Deford.
Delamination is a failure where the fuel tank material separates into layers. This can happen with steel that has been formed by a rolling process, or by laminated composites. This issue is resolved by Titan’s materials and manufacturing processes.
Corrosion And Stress Cracking
“Our tanks don’t get corroded by biodiesel,” Deford added. Modern biodiesel fuels can be cleaner burning and reduce emissions by as much as 50-percent. They are made from fats and oils produced by animals or grains like soybeans.
The trouble with these oils is stability. Enzymes and contaminants can easily enter the production as well as the storage and distribution of these fuels. These contaminants cause a phenomenon called stress corrosion cracking.
Stress corrosion cracking is the growth of a crack formation that can lead to unexpected failure of ductile metal alloys. Biodiesel fuels can experience degradation sooner than traditional diesel fuels. Biodiesel degradation is an oxidation process, which can be sped up by tiny amounts of metal ions leaching from storage vessels and fuel tanks. Biodiesel vessels need to be designed in non-degradable materials for construction
The military-grade polymer used in the construction of Titan Fuel Tanks helps eliminate potential problems like delamination, stress corrosion cracking, or biodiesel degradation. “We don’t have welds that crack apart through rough use either,” said Deford.
To find out more about Titan Fuel Tanks, and their line of products, visit them online at titanfueltanks.com.