Power plants, mines, cement plants, ports and many other industries need to stock large quantities of dry bulk materials. These were traditionally left uncovered, or stored in vertical silos. But open stockpiles produce dust and contaminated runoff, and silos are small and expensive. Due to increasing environmental concerns, many organizations desiring covered storage have looked for and found a cost effective way to solve their problem: Geometrica's geodesic domes.
Material stockpiles may be classified in four general categories by their shape: ring, conical, longitudinal and free form. Ring piles are formed by automated circular stacking/reclaiming (S/R) equipment having a slewing stacker at the center and a bridge reclaimer spanning the radius of the pile. A fixed drop from above forms conical piles. Linear S/Rs or trippers form longitudinal piles. And dumping material from trucks or stacking with moveable conveyors and spreading with front-end loaders forms irregular piles. Any of these types of piles may rest directly on the ground, or may be constrained at its perimeter by a wall. Geometrica’s geodesic domes easily adapt to each of these types of piles and cover even the largest ones.
An example of a barrel vault covering raw material and machinery
Geometrica's geodesic domes are made with an efficient structural system of strong and corrosion resistant galvanized steel or aluminium. The light, prefabricated domes are containerized and shipped from our plant to anywhere in the world. Construction may proceed before, during or after material handling equipment is installed, and often the domes are built over existing live material stockpiles with minimal or no downtime.