Evaporative Cooling What?

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on March 26th, 2013. Posted in Air stripper, Air strippers, Cooling tower systems

Evaporative cooling towers

It was not long ago that I did not know what evaporative cooling towers were. But evaporative cooling towers were being discussed at work so I decided to do some research. According to Wikipedia, cooling towers are heat removal devices used to transfer process waste heat to the atmosphere. Cooling towers may either use the evaporation of water to remove process heat and cool the working fluid to near the wet bulb air temperature or, in the case of closed circuit dry cooling towers, rely solely on air to cool the working fluid to near the dry bulb air temperature. Wikipedia goes on to explain that common applications of evaporative cooling towers include cooling the circulating water used in oil refineries, petrochemical and other chemical plants, thermal power stations and HVAC systems for cooling buildings.

So, I kind of understand it. I might not understand all the idiosynracies of cooling tower manufacturers or cooling tower replacements or even cooling tower systems in general. But I do have a grasp of the generic overview of evaporative cooling towers. That grasp will help me learn more about evaporative cooling towers. And learning is half the battle.