RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

Coverless Containers Using a Minimum of Plate Material

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M. F. Spotts

Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. 60201

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 105(2), 233-235 (Jun 01, 1983) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258514 History: Received June 09, 1982; Online November 19, 2009


This paper presents the optimization of a bin or tank that does not require a cover. A worthwhile saving of plate material for a given volume can be made by giving an outward flare to the sides. Another advantage is that the increased width at the top permits greater heaping of dry materials like coal or gravel. There is also a decreased possibility of spillage.

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