This paper investigates an often overlooked, but critical portion of the cooling system—the life expectancy of a cooling tower fire protection sprinkler system piping. It describes the operating experience of the Hugo Power Plant’s sprinkler system, as well as analytical data on material of construction options. The authors explain how overlooked installation processes may have a substantial negative impact on maintenance expenditure and system reliability.

14-21: Cooling Tower Fire Protection Materials Evaluation in a Fossil Plant

  • Matt Wangerin and Emery Lange, Ashland Water Technologies