Dome Technology’s steel-reinforced concrete domes are the most durable bulk-storage structures on the market. In an industry where traditional concrete and steel silos have a history of multiple failures, Dome Technology’s domes have withstood earthquakes, hurricanes, and the test of time with a remarkable success rate.
Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) selected Dome Technology’s dome to store 125,500 metric tons of clinker at its Pueblo, Colorado cement plant with an apex loading of over 500 metric tons over a span of 73 meters (240 ft), including a five-story head house transfer tower. A comparative traditional structure would have required significantly greater materials and resources at a much higher cost in order to handle such a tremendous unsupported span and load. The dome can easily accommodate point loading such as this headhouse or distributed loads such as those imposed by stored materials loaded against the interior surface of the dome. Point loads may be placed at any location on the dome shell, and large or small openings may be located anywhere on its surface allowing ultimate flexibility when considering material handling, truss, or equipment support.