The ins and outs of silo construction

Published 24 April 2024

To keep up with increasing demands for materials, as well as manage expenses, nearly all cement manufacturing plants have the capacity for onsite bulk materials storage. Each type of storage structure has different advantages and construction requirements, the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of which are outlined below. By Dennis Blauser, US Silo Service, USA.

Figure 1: 38.1m (125ft) tall x f54.9m (180ft) cement storage dome (© US Silo Service)

When it comes to cement storage, protecting the integrity of raw materials through the use of an enclosed bulk storage container is essential. The cement industry typically relies on permanent storage structures like concrete silos, concrete domes, or reinforced steel silos for bulk material storage. Each storage structure has different advantages and construction requirements. 

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