Concrete Versus FRP Cooling Towers

Industrial Cooling Tower

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Which Material is Right for Your Cooling Tower?

At Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc., we want to make industrial cooling tower design as easy as possible. We realize that, for the most part, our clients are interested in two things: efficiency and installation cost. To help provide some more information on these particular concerns, we are going to spend today’s post explaining the difference between two of the most common cooling tower construction materials, concrete and FRP and why we feel that FRP out performs concrete in almost every category. Continue reading below to learn more.

FRP Materials Offer Certain Benefits Over Concrete

Designing, installing, and outfitting an industrial cooling tower for a project take a lot of time, energy, and effort. Because of this, it is important that the best material is chosen for the job. Once installed, cooling towers become an integral part of the facility they are attached to and ideally the tower or towers will last for a long time. Below, we have listed a few of the differences one should be aware of when making the decision between an FRP or concrete cooling tower.

    • Quality:  When constructing a cooling tower, quality is of the utmost importance. FRP structural components are produced by on off-site factory that inspects and certifies each component before it leaves the factory. An additional inspection is performed before the components are put in place to double check that the materials are up to our standards. Concrete, on the other hand, is poured in place on site and cannot be accurately inspected until the concrete has cured. This makes certifying the structural integrity of concrete cooling towers much more challenging than FRP towers. Additionally, because all FRP structural components are pre-drilled at the factory, the overall dimensional accuracy of the tower can be better gauged than concrete towers which must be constantly measured to ensure that their dimensions are accurate and that they are level.
  • Construction: In most cases, construction of an industrial cooling tower must be completed in a timely manner. Designing and building an FRP cooling tower can be done in a quicker, simpler manner than a concrete cooling tower because once the overall design is completed, the structure can immediately be put into production. Concrete cooling towers, however, require a great deal of engineering and communication to finalize the design and before the cooling tower can even be constructed, large concrete foundations must be set in place to handle the weight of the tower. The construction process for concrete cooling towers is further slowed down by the fact that each segment of the tower must be allowed to dry before another segment can be placed. Because FRP cooling tower segments are lightweight and pre-molded, the basic framework of the tower can be completed in as little as a few days compared to the few week required for concrete towers.

Join us again next time as we continue to go over why we feel that FRP materials are a better choice for your cooling tower design than concrete. If you’re already convinced that FRP is the perfect material for your project, please contact us today for a consultation. We have the knowledge, tools, and experience necessary to handle any industrial cooling tower project that you may have.

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