The development of accurate and representative cooling tower performance penalties is critical to the optimization of cooling systems design and the assessment of associated performance penalties. This paper provides economic penalties for typical fossil power plants. Additionally, a cross section of process industry plants are reviewed in the terms of the impact of the cooling tower return temperatures on recovered products. Finally, the issue of fan power and pumping head penalties will be revisited with the objective of assessing total tower economic evaluation as well as systems optimization.

91-07: Development of Cooling Tower Performance Impacts on Utility and Process

  • Ken Quigley, Ecodyne Cooling Tower Services and Karl Wilber Research Cottrell Companies