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Old 03-30-2011, 11:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard View Post
How much do high pressure air tanks weigh, I wonder? And, if they fail, they will explode -- they don't fail gracefully.
They weigh quite a lot, as a steel tank used for compressed air or gas needs to be substantial enough not to rupture.

No, tanks don't explode. Within their rated standard they are very safe. At worst if they do fail it is "gracefully" from rust and end up with a small leak - often in the form of pinhole corrosion, due to condensed moisture present from the compressed air in the tank.
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