17 May '05 18:37

Here's a problem I tried recently in my quest to further my understanding of spill protection.

Suppose you have a tank with a height of 10 metres and a radius of 1 metre. It's siting on the ground and filled with an ultralow viscosity fluid. You also have a 1-metre high spill barrier of negligible thinkness, long enough to make a complete ring around the tank wherever it is placed. How far back from the tank would you put the barrier to ensure all fluid would be captured while minimizing the spill protection area?

Please make an a*s out of you and me by stating your assumptions in your answer.

Suppose you have a tank with a height of 10 metres and a radius of 1 metre. It's siting on the ground and filled with an ultralow viscosity fluid. You also have a 1-metre high spill barrier of negligible thinkness, long enough to make a complete ring around the tank wherever it is placed. How far back from the tank would you put the barrier to ensure all fluid would be captured while minimizing the spill protection area?

Please make an a*s out of you and me by stating your assumptions in your answer.