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Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues

When Science Meets Steel

January 21st, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Skolnik Newsletter

Steel drums are the workhorse of our global economy. Most commonly the 55 US Gallon aka 45 Imperial Gallon aka 208 Liter drum is the Goldilocks special: not to small, not to big, and just right for a lot of common containment needs. At Skolnik, since most of our drums are used to transport or dispose of dangerous goods, we take great measures to ensure all of our drums are safe, strong, and reliable and meet the necessary UN and DOT requirements. We work with our customers to make sure that their Skolnik drums have received the correct specifications, dimensions, lining, paint, closures and packaging for their particular use. Essentially, we want our drums to maintain their integrity to ensure they can work hard and last long.

In 2010, a group of students put physics to the test and attempted to crush a 55 gallon steel drum on their school’s front lawn. Their destruction weapon of choice: air pressure.

Spoiler alert: they succeeded.

Watch the YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsoE4F2Pb20

It wasn‘t the first time someone has crushed a 55 gallon steel drum with air pressure, it wasn‘t even the first time someone recorded it and posted it on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy-SN5j1ogk, but it is still a fun and enlightening physics experiment.

As steel drum manufacturers, we have to admit that it hurts a little to watch a beautiful barrel be destroyed, but we know that it’s due to these types of destructive testing that earn steel drums their reputation for durability. We never claim our products are indestructible. What we do promise is that our team will work with you to discover and manufacture the best container or transport vessel for your needs and that a Skolnik container is certain to get the job done safely, reliably and meet all necessary requirements.

Now, we appreciate the occasional science experiment, and who doesn’t like to watch YouTube videos of things getting smashed or destroyed (When you have a chance, we highly recommend watching this front load washer carnage: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq6T5BojXc8).

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