surge tank

a large surge chamber. Unabridged
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surge tank
engineering a tank used to absorb surges in flow

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Example sentences
Overflow from the surge tank was previously directed to the town sewer or
  brought back to the plant for processing.
The remaining solids are pumped into a surge tank and then fed to centrifuges.
Community pools must discharge to the sanitary sewer using a surge tank.
The downstream end of the tunnel would connect to a surge tank, which would
  direct flow into the penstock.
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