At Tower Tech Services we provide the latest fiberglass cooling towers including all installation, upgrade and repair services.
What is fiberglass?
Fiberglass is a type of fiber that consists of reinforced plastic. The fiber used for reinforcement is glass fiber. Glass fiber is produced by drawing out molten glass into a few ten-thousands of an inch pieces which can be woven into a fabric or flattened into a sheet (called a chopped strand mat). The plastic component maybe a thermoplastic, vinyl ester, epoxy (most common) or polyester resin. In certain circles, fiberglass is also known as glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).
What is a cooling tower?
A cooling tower is a particular type of equipment used for lowering the temperature of a stream of water by extracting any heat it may contain and releasing the extracted heat into the atmosphere. The process of cooling is principally carried out by evaporation. This involves combining several heat/mass transfer processes of which liquid transforms from water and into an air/vapor mixture, which is the most important aspect. During the process, some of the water is evaporated into a moving air/vapor stream which is subsequently released into the atmosphere.
Why use a cooling tower?
Cooling towers have the ability to greatly reduce water temperatures as compared to devices that use only air to reject heat (e.g. radiators) such as cooling and spray ponds. They are cost and energy efficient while at the same time they use up less land space (as compared to cooling and spray ponds). They also offer a greater amount of control over a wider range of temperatures.
Why use our fiberglass cooling towers?
Fiberglass cooling towers offer many advantages as compared to cooling towers constructed from other materials. Pultruded Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester (FRP) has many unique properties and this is one of the main as to why it has become the preferred industrial standard when constructing cooling towers. Some of the advantages offered by fiberglass cooling towers as compared to other cooling towers constructed from different materials like aluminum, ceramic, stainless steel, wood and others include:
- Fiberglass as a material of construction is highly versatile which allows for easy customization depending on the needs of the client. It can be constructed with a variety of colors and surface textures.
- It is relatively easy to clean or wash down.
- Maintenance is easier and costs less when compared to cooling towers constructed using other materials. This is due to the fact that fiberglass does not dent and deform like metal hence providing a low life cycle cost.
- It has high impact strength and rigidity which means that it is able to deform without fracturing.
- It is highly inert which makes it resistant to corrosion from acid, salt and other substances; hence it can be used in environments where chemical substances may be present and does not rust. It is highly inert nature also means it is not susceptible to biological attack from various micro-organisms.
- It has a high level of fatigue resistance and creep performance due to the high glass nature contained in FRP.
- It is relatively light (high strength-to-weight ratio) as compared to other materials of construction while at the same time maintaining structural strength. This can be of great importance particularly if the cooling tower is to be placed on a rooftop or on a foundation consisting of sandy soil. It also means that handling and installation costs are minimized and upgrading is easy compared to cooling towers from other materials.
- Fiberglass cooling towers have the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions hence it is not affected by high temperatures, sandstorms, acid rains, UV radiation and snow.
- Fiberglass cooling towers don’t require rebuilding as they are constructed using heavy duty pultruded FRP.
- FRP has low scale formation and deposition rate.
- Due to the high fire resistance nature of FRP, the need for a costly fire protection system is eliminated.
- Fiberglass as a material of construction provides easy EMI/RFI transparency. This is because it is highly transparent to electromagnetic and radio frequency interference hence can be used in areas where there are high amounts of electromagnetic radiation and radio.
- Fiberglass is resistant to all types of aggressive water including sea water, brackish water and others.
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