Tank Gauge Charts

New functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2016 makes the execution of the theory defined in Brandon’s post on September 1, 2013 much easier. Let’s also get into a bit more detail and walk through a practical example.

For our example, we will use a new tank design in SOLIDWORKS that holds petroleum crude oil and create a gauge chart based on its geometry. The gauge chart enables you to find the volume in the tank based on the height of the fluid. While this may sound like an easy or intermediate (or very difficult with complex surfaces) calculus problem, there’s a faster way with SOLIDWORKS 2016 and Design Studies.

Before you watch the video I should say that this method has various applications. In this case we’re working in the petroleum industry, but any fluid vessel design can benefit from this method. Also, there are some related standards and regulations to be aware of related to the petroleum industry like American Petroleum Institute 2350 and 3000. However, we’re going to approach this with a limited scope. Let’s generate the gauge chart.

The enhanced feature to look for is Intersect. This feature was introduced in 2015, but is much easier to use for this application in 2016.

Key Works: Tank Volume Capacity, Volume Safety Factor, American Petroleum Institute, Outage, Height, Fluid, API 3000, API 2350


Michael S.
Senior Application Engineer