Computer Simulation of Transport Phenomena in Evaporative Cooling Towers

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D. J. Benton, W. R. Waldrop

Tennessee Valley Authority, Engineering Laboratory, Norris, TN 37828

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 110(2), 190-196 (Apr 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3240102 History: Received February 03, 1987; Online October 15, 2009


A computer model of the simultaneous heat, mass, and momentum transfer processes occurring throughout an entire cooling tower is described in this paper. The model includes the flexibility to analyze the several configurations, fill arrangements, and flow distributions commonly used by the power industry. The fundamental governing equations are solved using a finite-integral technique to provide a quasi-two-dimensional description of the flow and cooling process within the tower. The model has been successfully compared with field data from cooling towers at three TVA power plants as well as data from other utilities. Each of these towers was significantly different in design, thereby demonstrating the versatility of the model for correctly predicting the cooling performance of mechanical and natural draft towers, as well as crossflow and counterflow orientations, for a range of meteorological and plant operating conditions.

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