Ammonium nitrate—a dual personality
Ammonium nitrate shows two faces, one that helps things grow and one that helps things explode. Whether destined to become an ingredient for fertilizer or a component for explosives, ammonium nitrate’s hygroscopic nature requires a controlled environment; don’t provide one, and the product can coalesce into a solid mass or absorb enough moisture to liquefy. Choose a dome for waterproof, temperature-controlled bulk storage.
- Explosion protection: Domes that store ammonium nitrate can be built with explosion panels in the apex that seal out moisture but are also designed to release in a deflagration event. The energy from a potential deflagration event is directed away from personnel and equipment. In addition, the dome doesn’t have roof beams or trusses that collect dust as compared to flat storages and silos, eliminating the concern of dust build-up that can contribute to a potential fire or deflagration event.
- Waterproof membrane and insulation: The custom PVC airform covering the entire dome prevents exposure to moisture. The dome’s insulated nature prevents heating and cooling of the walls and air inside, eliminating condensation on the walls and protecting the integrity of the product.
- Material-handling solutions: How fast and how well you move your product translates into how fast your company makes money. In addition to dome construction, we specialize in handling systems—not just those moving product within the structure, but loading and reclaim systems too. Our smart design also minimizes dust creation and emission.