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Steps To A More Energy Efficient Cooling Tower

 

 

We live in a world that is constantly in need of more and more energy in order to meet consumer demands or government regulations. So it’s not surprising that people are looking for a way to make industrial cooling systems more advanced and energy efficient, not only for the sake of the environment but in order to be able to satisfy everyone’s demands. Additionally, more efficiency means more money that your company will be saving.

Many industrial environments need cooling systems to custom fit their size and design, so it’s important to consider your situation in order to determine what will be most important. The electronic and chemical industries are some that may need precision control of heat and humidity in order to avoid bad chemical reactions or bacterial growth. This can damage items and lead to inefficient business practices, so it’s important to have the right cooling solutions to avoid the chance of damage. For many corporations, this can result in cooling systems running at full power all the time, eating away at the company’s budget, and harming the environment.

In this blog, we’re going to talk about how you can make your cooling towers more efficient so that you don’t have to worry about if you’re saving enough money or not. Here are several ways to save money with your industrial cooling tower.

GREEN Energy Management System (GEMS)

Cooling towers are designed to meet cooling demands on the hottest days of the year and therefore rarely need to be running at full power to maintain design cold water output. In fact, most of the time, a properly designed and maintained cooling tower is over performing at off-peak weather conditions & in evening or early morning hours. ICS’s intelligent GEMS System is designed to modulate the cooling tower energy consumption and therefore performance to keep the cold water temperatures within a predetermined temperature range. This results in substantial energy savings and reduced wear on mechanical equipment & lower noise emissions during off-peak operations.

GEMS will help you save money by optimizing the cooling tower operations and reduce fan energy. If you have any questions about how to save money and increase efficiency with your cooling tower, don’t hesitate to contact Industrial Cooling Solutions today. GEMS can help make your plant operations more energy efficient & environmentally friendly. A Win-Win solution for you and the planet.

Having the Right Filtration System

Like a standard in-home HVAC system, industrial cooling towers require a good filtration system in order to be energy efficient. Once water is evaporated in a cooling tower, dissolved solids are left behind. These solids include magnesium, calcium, silica, and more. If these aren’t removed properly or avoided with a good filtration system, they can start to take a toll on your cooling tower efficiency and even damage it. In the long run, this could result in thousands of dollars worth of damages. In addition to taking a look at your water treatment company to see if they’re providing you with an adequate water supply, you should consider an alternate filtration system like a side stream sand filter.

Consider All the Cooling Tower Options Available

You always want to choose a cooling tower that meets ASHRAE 90.1 standards. This standard provides the minimum energy-efficiency requirements for whatever building you’re trying to cool. Not only should you be complying with the regulations, but it can help you run a more efficient cooling tower if that’s ever a concern to you. If you have any questions about this process, you should contact Industrial Cooling Solutions. We offer complete evaporative cooling tower services ranging from cooling tower engineering to tower repair that is custom fit to each customer’s needs. Contact us today to learn more and start saving money for your company.

ICS specializes in providing leading edge engineering, construction, thermal upgrades, and replacement parts for your cooling towers, worldwide. There are a lot of different types of towers that could prove to be more of an asset to certain industries than others. When you choose a cooling tower or need replacement parts, it’s important to know exactly what you need. We have wood, fiberglass and concrete cooling towers in addition to counterflow and crossflow towers, so contact us today for a consultation.

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Aluminum Versus FRP Fan Blades

Which Fan Blades are Best for Your Industrial Cooling Tower?

Anyone who spent time around an industrial cooling tower knows that there a lot of parts that allow these machines to function. One component in particular, the fan responsible for circulating air during the cooling process, is one of the most important cooling tower parts in regard to performance and efficiency. In today’s post, we here at Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc. wanted to take a closer look at different types of cooling tower fan blades and which fan blade material is the right choice for your particular cooling tower application. Continue reading below to learn more!

Aluminum or FRP?

Aluminum fan blades have, for quite a while, been the standard choice amongst cooling tower contractors to circulate air within cooling towers. This preference was largely due to the fact that aluminum is lightweight, relatively durable, and easy to work with. However, with advancements in FRP materials and construction methods, FRP fan blades are becoming an increasingly viable option in the design of industrial cooling towers. Why are aluminum blades an inferior option?  Below, we have listed the two most common types of aluminum fan blades used in industrial cooling towers and the ways in which they fall short.

  • Aluminum Airfoil: These aluminum fan blades utilize internal stiffeners and are either riveted or bolted to the blade neck. Airfoil skin blades have different strength and yield characteristics that feature unequal movement. This purposeful unequal movement allows these fan blades to have their own built-in failure mode. Airfoil blades, while more reliable than cast iron designs, are still prone to failure.
  • Cast Aluminum: Cast aluminum fan blades are a less successful form of aluminum fan blades. Because these fan blades have a variable chord width and neck design, the casting process must provide a constant thickness throughout the blade so that it does not contain any stress risers. If this is not achieved during the casting process, the blade is prone to breaking while in use.

As you can see, aluminum, although common, is not exactly the best material to make fan blades from. Industrial cooling tower fans rotate at such a high speed that often aluminum fan blades will fail after a few months of continuous use and, in a worse case scenario, the fan blade will detach itself from the fan motor and cause additional damage to the walls of the cooling tower.
FRP fan blades, however, typically outperform their aluminum cousins because the very nature of FRP material allows them to be produced in any shape that the cooling tower may call for. Join us again next time as we further explore the advantages that FRP fan blades offer in regard to industrial cooling tower design and, as always, if you have any additional questions about cooling towers or their parts, please visit our website today. At Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc., we are dedicated to constructing and maintaining state-of-the-art industrial cooling towers and we will work with your industry to design and construct the perfect cooling tower to fit your application needs.

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Aluminum Versus FRP Fan Blades

Which Fan Blades are Best for Your Industrial Cooling Tower?

Anyone who spent time around an industrial cooling tower knows that there a lot of parts that allow these machines to function. One component in particular, the fan responsible for circulating air during the cooling process, is one of the most important cooling tower parts in regard to performance and efficiency. In today’s post, we here at Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc. wanted to take a closer look at different types of cooling tower fan blades and which fan blade material is the right choice for your particular cooling tower application. Continue reading below to learn more!

Aluminum or FRP?

Aluminum fan blades have, for quite a while, been the standard choice amongst cooling tower contractors to circulate air within cooling towers. This preference was largely due to the fact that aluminum is lightweight, relatively durable, and easy to work with. However, with advancements in FRP materials and construction methods, FRP fan blades are becoming an increasingly viable option in the design of industrial cooling towers. Why are aluminum blades an inferior option?  Below, we have listed the two most common types of aluminum fan blades used in industrial cooling towers and the ways in which they fall short.

  • Aluminum Airfoil: These aluminum fan blades utilize internal stiffeners and are either riveted or bolted to the blade neck. Airfoil skin blades have different strength and yield characteristics that feature unequal movement. This purposeful unequal movement allows these fan blades to have their own built-in failure mode. Airfoil blades, while more reliable than cast iron designs, are still prone to failure.
  • Cast Aluminum: Cast aluminum fan blades are a less successful form of aluminum fan blades. Because these fan blades have a variable chord width and neck design, the casting process must provide a constant thickness throughout the blade so that it does not contain any stress risers. If this is not achieved during the casting process, the blade is prone to breaking while in use.

As you can see, aluminum, although common, is not exactly the best material to make fan blades from. Industrial cooling tower fans rotate at such a high speed that often aluminum fan blades will fail after a few months of continuous use and, in a worse case scenario, the fan blade will detach itself from the fan motor and cause additional damage to the walls of the cooling tower.
FRP fan blades, however, typically outperform their aluminum cousins because the very nature of FRP material allows them to be produced in any shape that the cooling tower may call for. Join us again next time as we further explore the advantages that FRP fan blades offer in regard to industrial cooling tower design and, as always, if you have any additional questions about cooling towers or their parts, please visit our website today. At Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc., we are dedicated to constructing and maintaining state-of-the-art industrial cooling towers and we will work with your industry to design and construct the perfect cooling tower to fit your application needs.

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