The Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) currently offers Acceptance Test Codes for open circuit cooling towers (ATC-105), closed circuit cooling towers (ATC-105S), and evaporative condensers (ATC-106). These Test Codes are well recognized, referenced, and used throughout the Industry on a global basis, including by licensed CTI Thermal Test Agencies. Building on these documents, the CTI recently published a new test code for air cooled fluid coolers, more commonly referred to as dry coolers. Its application is limited to the sensible cooling of water, aqueous glycol solutions, and other homogeneous, single phase process fluids. This versatile new test code applies to testing in both field and laboratory settings.
Jennifer Hamilton, Chair of the 105DS Task Group, commented, “This new test code will help Owners and Operators of dry coolers confirm that the actual performance matches both the thermal and pressure drop performance as stated by the Manufacturer as well as complies with applicable energy efficiency requirements.” Members of the Task Group that developed the document included representatives from all stakeholder groups including Owners & Operators of heat rejection equipment, Manufacturers, Test Agencies, and Certification Organizations.
ATC-105DS, along with all the other CTI standards, codes, and guidelines, is now available for a nominal charge. CTI Licensed Test Agencies are also available to perform thermal acceptance tests for dry coolers per the new Code. Interested parties can contact Vicky Manser, the CTI Administrator, for additional information.
Note that the CTI Annual Conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Sheraton New Orleans from February 10 to February 14, 2019. Technical paper presentations, Educational Sessions, Committee Meetings, a Trade Exhibition, and the ever-informative Ask-the-Expert Session are just a few of the many exciting activities planned for the conference.