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Solico launches Amphora engineering, design software for composite silos and tanks

Appears in Print as: 'Engineering and design software optimizes composite storage vessel development'


Customizable tool enables the calculate and optimization of construction variables like design loads and laminate thickness for rapid composite vessel development.

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Composite silo.

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Solico (Oosterhout, Netherlands), a composite engineering specialist for the marine, architectural, defense and industrial sectors launches its Amphora software for the design, calculation and optimization of composite storage tanks and silos. 

Composite materials are extensively used in the industrial and agricultural sectors to produce large, lightweight, corrosion-resistant, easy-to-install and low-maintenance silos and tanks for stored powders and liquids. In Europe, the design and workmanship of such above-ground storage tanks and vessels is typically defined by the EN 13121-3:2016 standard.

Amphora is a user-friendly and customizable tool that uses specialized models to calculate and optimize construction variables for silos, vertical and horizontal tanks, so glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GRP) tank and vessel engineers may go through step-by-step geometry, load calculations and and laminate thicknesses when building up a silo, eliminating uncertainties. The in-house-developed Amphora software also enables users to develop EN 13121-compliant designs based on their own materials and production parameters, per the creation of a database in the materials list feature.

Further, Solico has also produced a comprehensive set of Amphora training videos to get new users up to speed, and remains available for any materials testing requirements or design engineering queries for non-standard structures outside the normal scope of the EN 13121 standard.

Amphora’s GRP Silo module is now available, with the GRP tank module planned for release later in 2021.

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