Today I want to talk a little bit about cooling towers.
Basically, a cooling tower is a type of heat exchanger as well as works by taking in the boiling water from several industrial processes as well as uses air to naturally cause some of the water to evaporate as well as cause the hot water to cool.
While traditional heating as well as cooling systems are often used in universitys, hospitals, as well as office buildings, cooling towers are used for greater industrial facilities. The cooling towers are used to remove heat from these facilities such as petroleum factories, natural gas processing facilities, as well as other types of major industrial facilities. The main process that cooling towers use is called evaporative cooling. The heated water from several industrial processes goes to the top of the cooling tower. This is where the water distribution is situated, as the water is distributed to the wet deck, there is air being pulled in that causes water to evaporate. The heat from the water escapes up to the atmosphere while the remaining water is cooled naturally. A cross flow cooling tower is fairly common. With this type of cooling tower, the hot water will fall from the distribution proposal as the air flows to hit the falling water. This cross flow allows for natural cooling of the water as well as then the cool water is taken from the collection basin to be used back in the industrial process. There are also forced draft cooling towers, natural draft cooling towers, as well as even counterflow cooling towers. The whole process of the cooling tower allows heated unit to not become boiling.