This paper covers the fundamentals of testing cooling tower fill packs for load capacity. Consistent testing methods guarantee accurate data, and therefore contribute to reliable design. Understanding how temperature, support width & mil thickness affect the ultimate compression strength of the fill product is key to optimum design. Failure modes and the influence of pack geometry and support span are also discussed.

18-29: Fundamentals of Compression Testing Cooling Tower Fill Packs for Load

  • Joe Evans and Bob Petterson, SPX Cooling Technologies