In weather testing, South Florida is considered a benchmark climate for its unique balance of ultraviolet (UV) light intensity, high temperatures and year-round humidity. “This classic subtropical environment is home to multi-acre test sites that evaluate scores of products,” according to mechanical engineer Nick D’Alto in an article for Weatherwise magazine. “Hot sun can fade paint or upholstery, humidity and rain can rust metal, and salt water can corrode many materials,” he explained.
In this challenging coastal environment, advanced fluoropolymer coating systems have passed the real-world test on elevated water storage tanks, such as the 1-million gallon torospherical-bottom steel tank in Hollywood, FL, which was voted the 2011 Tnemec Tank of the Year. Constructed in 1955, the multi-column tank is the first legged design named Tank of the Year since Tnemec initiated the competition in 2006.