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ThinkTank: Enhancing Fire Safety At Modern Terminals

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Anamika Talwaria

Editor & Head of Content for Tank Storage Magazine & StocExpo and Chair of Women in Tanks.

The team at ThinkTank explain how the use of fusible link valves in modern fire protection systems can improve safety and efficiency on site


Fire safety is a critical concern, especially for tank systems where risks are high. Selecting effective fire protection measures is vital to prevent disasters, both from a human and environmental standpoint, as well as a financial view. Fusible link valves stand out as essential components in these systems. Their role in automatically shutting off fuel supply during fires makes them indispensable for ensuring safety in tank environments.


Fusible safety ball valve

Benefits Of Fusible Link Valves

Fusible link valves offer several unique advantages in fire safety systems:

Automatic Activation: In a fire, the fusible link melts at a predetermined temperature, triggering the valve to shut off or release fire-suppressing agents. This immediate response is crucial in containing fires and minimising damage.

Durability: These valves are robust and can withstand harsh environments, making them reliable for long-term use. They require minimal maintenance, which is a significant advantage over other fire protection components that might need more frequent checks or replacements.

Versatility: In various fire designs, fusible link valves prove highly effective. They work well in both high- temperature industrial settings and standard commercial environments. This versatility is a major plus, as it allows for widespread application across different industries and settings.

Speed: Compared to other fire protection measures like manual sprinklers or heat detectors, fusible link valves offer faster and more reliable activation. This automatic operation ensures prompt fire suppression, which can be critical in preventing large-scale damage and ensuring safety.


Quick Look: Fusible Link Valve Types & Specifications

Fusible link valves are not one-size fits all. There are different types:

  • Fire-safety ball (flanged/ threaded ends)
  • Fire-safety butterfly (wafer/ flanged ends)
  • Emergency shut off check

Specifications you need to know:

  • Size: 0.5” to 10” (12.7mm to 254mm)
  • Nominal Pressure: PN16/25, 150/300LB
  • Body Material: Carbon steel or stainless steel
  • Set Temperature: 57° (135°F), 74° (165°F), 100° (212°F), 141° (286°F), and others


Custom Solutions For Hazardous Products

When selecting fire safety measures, it’s crucial to consider a facility’s specific needs. Fusible link valves can often be the ideal choice for several applications. For chemical raw material storage tank systems, the risk of fire is high due to the nature of the materials stored. Fusible link valves here offer a prompt response in case of a fire. They automatically shut off the flow of hazardous chemicals, preventing the spread of fire. This feature is particularly important in facilities where manual intervention might be delayed or hazardous.

Examples of ThinkTank’s fusible link valves

In diesel storage tanks for diesel engine generator sets, the risk of fire comes from the flammable nature of the diesel. Fusible link valves in this scenario ensure that in the event of a fire, the fuel supply is immediately cut off. This not only contains the fire but also minimises the risk of explosion, which is crucial in settings with heavy machinery and various equipment. For environments handling flammable gases or liquids, the presence of fusible link valves is vital. These valves respond swiftly to elevated temperatures, sealing off the flow of flammable substances. This action significantly reduces the risk of fire escalation and potential damage to the facility and ensures compliance with strict safety and regulatory requirements.

In each of these cases, fusible link valves offer a tailored solution, addressing the unique fire risks associated with different substances and environments. Their ability to act autonomously and reliably makes them an indispensable component in modern fire protection systems.

In summary, fusible link valves are a key component in ensuring fire safety across various environments. Their ability to adapt to specific risks and settings makes them an indispensable tool in fire prevention.


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ThinkTank prides itself on being a reliable vendor of these essential safety devices. The team’s extensive experience in participating in multiple tank system projects, and has equipped them with the expertise to provide solutions that meet diverse and complex needs. Terminals can trust ThinkTank for their fire safety requirements; where quality and reliability are at the heart of what they do.

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