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BS 4994:1987

Specification for design and construction of vessels and tanks in reinforced plastics

Status : Current, Superseded   Published : June 1987 Replaced By : BS EN 13923:2005, BS EN 13121-3:2008+A1:2010



Specification for Design and construction of vessels and tanks in reinforced plastics

Executive summary

Requirements for the design, construction, inspection, testing and erection of vessels and tanks in reinforced plastics.


This British Standard specifies requirements for the design, materials, construction, inspection, testing and erection of vessels and tanks in reinforced plastics, consisting of a polyester, epoxy or furane resin system reinforced with glass fibres, manufactured by the wet lay-up process. Constructions both with and without a lining of thermoplastics are included.

Laminar constructions are usually anisotropic and the design method in this standard, being based on unit loadings, is particularly suited to the design of composites of reinforced plastics.

This standard covers vessels and tanks subject to temperatures between

-30 degrees C and 110 degrees C.

This revision of this British Standard has been made to take account of experience with reinforced plastics vessels and tanks and opportunity has been taken to extend the scope to include filament winding and rectangular tanks and to categorize vessels in relation to duty.

History and related standards

This British Standard is a revision of BS 4994:1973, which is withdrawn together with its explanatory supplement PD 6480.

Standard NumberBS 4994:1987
TitleSpecification for design and construction of vessels and tanks in reinforced plastics
StatusCurrent, Superseded
Publication Date30 June 1987
Confirm Date01 February 2016
Cross ReferencesBS 308:Part 3, BS 410, BS 449, BS 470, BS 476:Part 7, BS 882, BS 903:Part A26, BS 1290, BS 1501-1506, BS 1560:Part 2, BS 1610, BS 1755:Part 1, BS 2654, BS 2782:Method 121A, BS 2782:Method 221, BS 2782:Method 232, BS 2782:Methods 320A to 320F, BS 2782:Method 345A, BS 2782:Method 453A, BS 2782:Method 551A, BS 2782:Method 1001, BS 2782:Method 1002, BS 2782:Method 1003, BS 2915, BS 3032, BS 3293, BS 3396, BS 3481:Part 2, BS 3496, BS 3532, BS 3691, BS 3749, BS 3846, BS 4504, BS 4618:Section 4.1, BS 4882, BS 4987, BS 5500, BS 6399:Part 1, BS 6464, CP 3:Chapter V:Part 2, CP 114, DD 82, DIN 28085-1, DIN 28086, ASTM C 581
Replaced ByBS EN 13923:2005, BS EN 13121-3:2008+A1:2010
ReplacesBS 4994:1973
Amended ByAMD 6295
Draft Superseded By83/75797 DC
DescriptorsTanks (containers), Containers, Pressure vessels, Plastics, Reinforced materials, Design, Inspection, Polyesters, Thermoplastic polymers, Polymers, Epoxy resins, Mechanical properties of materials, Flammability, Loading, Wind loading, Laminates, Cylindrical shape, Spherical shape, Rectangular shape, Dome shape, Panels, Circumference, Holes, Joints, Bolted joints, Flanged fittings, Supports, Welding, Mechanical testing, Marking, Erecting (construction operation), Glass fibres, Thermosetting polymers, Strength of materials, Shear strength, Peeling tests, Materials in contact with food, Mathematical calculations, Bulk storage containers, Tensile testing, Shell structures, Stiffeners, Linings (containers), Shape, Grades (quality), Furan, Structural design, Furane resins
Title in FrenchConception et construction des récipients et réservoirs en plastiques renforcés. Spécifications
Title in GermanBemessung und Konstruktion von Behaeltern und Tanks aus verstaerktem Kunststoff
ISBN0 580 15075 5
File Size5.68 MB
NotesThis standard which was previously declared obsolescent is now current

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