Extensive wood sampling and analyses programs were initiated on crossflow and counterflow cooling towers that have been in service since 1951 and 1955, respectively. Wood samples were taken from all areas of the towers and were subjected to biological, chemical and physical tests. The tests and results for the analyses are discussed. The results indicate the degree of wood deterioration, and areas of the towers that experience the most advanced degree of degradation.

85-10: Cooling Tower Wood Sampling and Analyses: A Case Study

  • J.L. Haymore, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc.