The three major catastrophic events on cooling towers are structural failure, fan failure, and icing damage, in that order. This paper describes in detail the causative factors, methods of detection prior to event, workable preventative solutions, and solutions after the event, on all three types of catastrophes. The author has been personally involved in these type failures on multiple occasions over the past years.

02-10: Avoiding Cooling Tower Catastrophe

  • James L. Willa, Willa, Inc.