4 Materials Used in Manufacturing Fuel Tanks

diesel fuel tank

Diesel fuel is 10% more efficient and much safer because it does not explode or ignite easily compared to gasoline. Still, you should be careful when dealing with diesel fuel especially when transporting it from one place to another.

Different materials can be used to build tanks for diesel fuel. However, one thing they all have in common is that they do not alter its chemical composition.
Here are four of the best materials used for diesel fuel tanks:


Steel fuel tanks are the oldest and cheapest material among those still in use today. In fact, even its customisation cost is significantly lower compared to other materials. Thus, it is an economical and cost-efficient option for transport companies.

Even though steel tends to oxidise and rust, it does not change the composition of diesel fuel. Companies can have their tanks made of thicker steel since it is cheaper, avoiding damage due to rust. Also, proper coating can minimise the oxidation process and rust formation.


Aluminium has remained one of the top choices as the container’s material for transporting diesel fuel. This is because of its physical characteristics. Light yet strong, it is resistant to corrosion when installed.


Fibreglass is a product of advanced technologies that make storing safer, resistant to chemical reactions and longer-lasting. Fibreglass is made of fibre-reinforced plastic using glass fibre. Like aluminium and steel, you can customise it easily. Plus, unlike steel and aluminium, fibreglass is completely resistant to corrosion.


Polyethylene, also known as XPE, is gaining popularity because it has the same leak-proof quality like fibreglass, but it is less expensive. Like the other materials, polyethylene is also easily customisable. However, the material is still new so some claim its integrity is questionable.