Preventing liquid loss from leaking storage containers

A major UK manufacturing industry is looking for innovative solutions to prevent liquid loss from storage containers.

What's the challenge?

The production process involves the storage of large volumes of liquid in containers. There's a need for air to enter and infuse into the product during storage, so porous containers are used. This porosity means that some of the contents of the container evaporate, which is an accepted part of the process.

However, structural weak spots in the containers mean that they can also leak (liquid rather than vapour loss). This loss of liquid due to leaks has significant cost implications for the industry.

How can you help?

Potential solutions are sought for one, or all, of the following:

  • Identifying containers that are likely to leak allowing them to be repaired or removed from the system
  • Identifying and stopping leaks once they happen
  • Preventing leaks in the first place

Any ideas need to consider the requirement of airflow in and out of the container. The material and construction of the container can't be changed and sealing the surface is not an option. Solutions must also be applicable in a large-scale production environment.

We're looking to develop collaborations. Ideas at any stage in development will be considered. Our industry’s research and technology organisation can work with you to evaluate, test and develop any concepts.

To apply

This call will be open until the end of February 2020. If you think you may have a suitable idea or solution, please email Jillian Moffat to register your interest and we'll get back to you with more information.