Your team has contracted to design and build a 500 ft, square-based, open-top, rectangular steal holding tank for a paper company. The tank is to be made by welding thin stainless steel plates together along their edges. As the production engineer, your job is to find dimensions for the base and height that will make the tank weight as little as possible.

surface areaof the tank.surface areacan be calculated by multiplying the length of the sides by the height. The weight of the stainless steel plates can be found online or by consulting a materials engineer.Once the approximate weight of the tank has been calculated, the base andheightdimensions can be determined by trial and error. Start with a base length and a height and calculate the approximate weight of the tank. Then, adjust the base length and/or height and recalculate the weight. Continue this process until the lightest weight is achieved.It is important to consider the structural integrity of the tank when selecting the dimensions. A tank with too little height or too wide abasemay not be able to withstand the pressure of the contents within. Consulting a structural engineer may be necessary to ensure that the tank is strong enough to withstand the pressure of the contents.surface areahere