Bulk-Store Structures Inc.

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Manufacturers of Prefabricated Bulk Material Storage and Conveying Systems

Highway Sand/Salt

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Why Store Salt?


Sand DomeDesign, price, easy loading/unloading features bundled together with corrosion resistant components make the Bulk-Store Structures' dome an ideal storage facility for the sand/salt mixture used in the de-icing of roads during North American winters.
Our patented dome design has been tried and tested in some of the harshest weather conditions North America has to offer and has remained the front runner in the sand/salt storage industry. Its popularity among the Ministry of Transport Ontario, Department of Transports in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec as well as hundreds of Townships, Counties and Cities is evident on any road trip across Eastern Canada. Thousands of Bulk-Store domes dotted over the states and provinces of North America are testament to our belief that we are the best there is when it comes to storing sand and salt.

Our domes do not suffer from the corrosion difficulties inherent in other forms of salt storage. Every component we use is non-corrosive or corrosion resistant - from the asphalt pad all the way through to the shingles. Unlike most other structures built to store salt, the lifetime of a Bulk-Store Dome is virtually unlimited with minimal maintenance.

Trucks and Loaders can drive completely inside the Bulk-Store dome to load and unload the sand/salt mix. Workers and equipment have freedom of movement once inside the dome owing to the high interior span with no trusses or beams. The concrete foundation walls can be built to a height which will protect the building from accidental loader damage.
For more general information on the advantages of Bulk-Store domes please return to the
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Designed to Your Specifications

Two DoorsMini Barrel Building There are many added extras we can incorporate into the sand/salt dome design to suit your individual requirements, from material conveying systems to additional entrance ways. We also have mini-barrel buildings for larger stores of sand/salt where area/land restrictions exist. We have our own engineering and design team and look forward to working with you on any additions or alterations you might like to make.

Sand/Salt Capacity Chart

We can provide a dome to handle virtually any amount of product. Our standard domes range in size from 50 to 150 ft. in diameter and our barrel buildings are limited only by the amount of land you have available. To determine what size dome you will require use the following capacity chart. For a complete quote from our Engineering Department, fill in the quotation form or call our office on (519) 833-9681 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Eastern Time. We will respond to your request promptly.

Notes regarding the following capacity table:

The dome size is nominal. The actual diameter varies due to segmented design.
Building capacity is based on full charging with material at 33 degree angle of repose.
First number given with regard to capacities is the capacity above the foundation wall.
The number in brackets is the additional capacity per millimeter of wall height.
SAND: density = 1.766 tonne/m3 (110 P.C.F.). Angle of repose = 33 degrees.
SALT: density = 1.204 tonne/m3 (75 P.C.F.). Angle of repose = 33 degrees
Dome Size Diameter Capacity
Volume (m3) Weight (tonnes)
Sand Salt
17 metre 415 (0.226) 733 (0.399) 500 (0.272)
21 metre 735 (0.331) 1,298 (0.585) 885 (0.399)
24 metre 1,151 (0.446) 2,033 (0.788) 1,386 (0.537)
27 metre 1,663 (0.570) 2,937 (1.007) 2,002 (0.686)
30 metre 2,231 (0.694) 3,940 (1.226) 2,686 (0.836)
33 metre 2,872 (0.821) 5,072 (1.450) 3,458 (0.988)
50' 278 (0.173) 491 (0.306) 335 (0.208)
61' 519 (0.262) 917 (0.463) 625 (0.315)
72' 846 (0.363) 1,494 (0.641) 1,019 (0.437)
82' 1,257 (0.473) 2,220 (0.835) 1,513 (0.569)
91' 1,746 (0.589) 3,083 (1.040) 2,102 (0.709)
100' 2,297 (0.707) 4,057 (1.249) 2,766 (0.851)
116' 3,632 (0.960) 6,414 (1.695) 4,373 (1.156)
124' 4,628 (1.128) 8,173 (1.992) 5,572 (1.358)
136' 5,663 (1.291) 10,001 (2.280) 6,818 (1.554)
142' 6,779 (1.455) 11,972 (2.570) 8,162 (1.752)
150' 7,916 (1.614) 13,980 (2.850) 9,531 (1.943)

The following topic ‘Why Store Salt Inside?’ is quoted from ‘The Salt Storage Handbook - A Practical Guide for Storing and Handling Deicing Salt’ produced by the Salt Institute. If you would like your own copy of this handbook you can write to the Salt Institute at 700 North Fairfax Street, Fairfax Plaza, Suite 600, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2040 or visit www.saltinstitute.org/34.html

Why Store Salt Inside?

Salt stored in an outdoor stockpile, if not properly covered and if continuously exposed to moisture, will become lumpy and difficult to handle and use.
Wet and caked or lumpy salt is harder to handle with loaders and to move through spreaders.
Salt stored inside is easier to load and spread.
Inside storage eliminates the possibility of contaminating streams, wells or groundwater with salt runoff.
Inside storage eliminates the loss of salt dissolved by precipitation.

"The Salt Institute highly recommends that all salt 
be stored inside permanent facilities."

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