Ok, here's a really dumb question (55-gal oil drums)

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Ok, here's a really dumb question (55-gal oil drums)

Joined: February 10th, 2001, 11:37 am

July 7th, 2012, 1:18 am #1

Have the dimensions for 55-gallon oil drums (or, at least, American ones) changed since WW2? I don't want to assume they haven't before I find a random oil drum today and base a couple of measurements off it...

(n.b. the specific measurement I'm after is the diameter of the circular top/bottom)

Thanks in advance,

DG

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July 7th, 2012, 4:21 am #2

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Greg Harting
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July 7th, 2012, 11:37 am #3

Have the dimensions for 55-gallon oil drums (or, at least, American ones) changed since WW2? I don't want to assume they haven't before I find a random oil drum today and base a couple of measurements off it...

(n.b. the specific measurement I'm after is the diameter of the circular top/bottom)

Thanks in advance,

DG
The diameter of a 55 gallon drum has been standardized in post WWII (and I think the same for during) so that 4 drums can fit on a standard pallet and two pallets wide on a truck.

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July 7th, 2012, 2:19 pm #4

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Greg Harting
Really? nt
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July 7th, 2012, 5:01 pm #5

The diameter of a 55 gallon drum has been standardized in post WWII (and I think the same for during) so that 4 drums can fit on a standard pallet and two pallets wide on a truck.

Rounds Complete!!
Thanks, I appreciate your reply. I wasn't aware of the pallet criteria.

DG

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July 7th, 2012, 7:24 pm #6

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Greg Harting
Are fuel drums a WW2 Allied-specific item??

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July 7th, 2012, 10:09 pm #7

Thanks, I appreciate your reply. I wasn't aware of the pallet criteria.

DG
Darren here is a wiki link for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_(container)
Outta here, Mike sends . . .
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July 7th, 2012, 11:38 pm #8

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July 8th, 2012, 4:17 am #9

Darren here is a wiki link for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_(container)
Outta here, Mike sends . . .
How messed up is it that I found that interesting?
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July 8th, 2012, 6:39 am #10

Have the dimensions for 55-gallon oil drums (or, at least, American ones) changed since WW2? I don't want to assume they haven't before I find a random oil drum today and base a couple of measurements off it...

(n.b. the specific measurement I'm after is the diameter of the circular top/bottom)

Thanks in advance,

DG
Container design for hazardous materials was driven and governed by the Interstate Commerce Commision (ICC) until the 1970s-1980s when the Department of Transportation took over. I have Federal Specification RR-D-726a from 20 June 41 that covers Drums, Steel, Type 5 (For Inflammable or Poisonous Liquids). The ICC started regulating them in 1912. These were what was used domestically, at least, for hauling gasoline, motor fuel, oil, paint, and so forth on common carriers. The biggest difference between the drums specified there and the later type shown in PPP-D-729b is that the '726 drums were required to have separate I-shaped rolling hoops attached while '729 drums simply had formed beads for rolling hoops. Unfortunately I don't have when they changed.

A comparison of some dimensions shows the differences.

Feature / '726 / '729
OD / 25 nom / 23.44 max
ID, nom / 22.35 / 22.50
IL / 33.03 min / 33.18 min
Capy / 56.1 to 56.3 gal / 57.20 to 57.75 gal
Metal thickness, nom / .0766 / .0598

KL



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