When transporting bulk liquids like corrosive or flammable chemicals, appropriate bulk liquid transportation equipment is necessary due to the risk these products pose to people and the environment. Since 1996, Matlack Leasing LLC has been providing durable tank trailers and chassis for bulk liquid storage and transport. Matlack’s available fleet includes standard industry models, but the base model is often modified with liners, pumps, meters, vapor recovery, or walk-ways in order to meet customer specifications. A network of nationwide depots makes chemical transportation equipment available to clients when and where they need it.
What Factors are Important to Consider When Selecting a Chemical Tank Trailer?
When selecting a chemical tank trailer for purchase or lease consider:
- The volume and/or weight per gallon being transported.
- The chemical composition of the product
- Loading and unloading requirements
- The environment including, distance, terrain, and climate.
The size of the chemical tank trailer depends on the volume and/or weight per gallon being transported. Smaller tanks holding 3,800 – 5,000 gallons are used to transport products with higher specific gravity. Standard chemical trailers hold between 6,000 and 7,000 gallons. Some tank trailers hold up to 8,000 gallons to transport lighter products.
Next, the type of product being transported and its chemical characteristics are extremely important considerations. The chemical properties will dictate the type of tank (stainless steel or aluminum) and whether or not a liner is required. If a liner is required, the type of liner will be specified by the customer or manufacturer. For example, if the liquid being transported is acidic or corrosive, then the tank must have an acid or corrosive -resistant lining or it will degrade very quickly.
Lastly, the properties of the chemical and the shipping and receiving facilities will determine the optimal loading and unloading configuration for the unit. Some chemical liquids are more viscous than others and may require a deep-drop trailer to load and unload. Other chemicals may be volatile and require a vapor recovery system. Air pumps are another way to move liquids. However, air pumps are not recommended long-term for corrosive liquids because the chemical there is the risk of degradation to the pumping equipment if it is not cleaned properly after use.
Common Tank Trailer Models for Chemical Transport:
MC 312 and DOT 412 are similar units used for long-haul transport of corrosive bulk liquids in 4,000 and 6,000-gallon loads. The MC312 and DOT412 tank trailers are manufactured with stainless or carbon steel tanks and may or may not be lined. The equipment includes a round cross-section with reinforced strengtheners and often visible stiffener rings in order to withstand 5 to 25 psi. Optional features such as multi-compartment and insulation are available.
MC 307 and DOT 407 are tank trailer models used for the transport and storage of low-pressure bulk liquid cargo such as milk, water, vegetable oils, mild solvents or lubricants. These trailers have an average maximum capacity of 7,000 gallons and are constructed to withstand 40 psi at 70ºF. Similar to the MC312 and DOT412, these trailers are primarily constructed using stainless steel materials and the tanks may come with or without insulation. The manway is found at the top of the tank and comes equipped with rollover protection to prevent leakage.
Options are Available to Customize a Chemical Trailer Including:
- Lined or unlined
- Insulated or non-insulated
- Single or multiple compartments
Choose from any of our bulk liquid chemical tank trailers for hauling acids, corrosive liquids, petroleum distillates, and non-hazardous products. Our staff has the industry expertise to guide your selection. Contact Matlack Leasing LLC today to ask about available units and locations.