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NEWS 31 / 10 / 2019

IWC at the 19th IAHR International Conference

Neil Anderson, recently represented Industrial Water Cooling at the 19th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Towers and Heat Exchangers hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

The IAHR conference took place at the Marriott at Metro Center on 8-10 October 2019 in Washington DC, USA. As part of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), the conference provides an opportunity to bring together individuals from industry, utilities, academia and research centres for communication and interaction regarding all aspects of Cooling Process activities.

Global interest in water has increased rapidly in recent years. Many water issues are high on the political agenda, whether it concerns the lack of access to safe water and sanitation or the increase in water‐related disasters due to floods and droughts. One of the main tracks of the conference was to share engineering developments that could improve cooling tower and air-cooled condenser efficiencies to reduce water usage.

With a growing global population and many competing uses for limited water resources, water conservation is more important today than ever before.  Since access to water and water permits is becoming increasingly difficult throughout the world for industrial processes, this was a key point of discussion.

The research presented by Anderson investigated the spray zone in cooling towers to ensure optimal water distribution is obtained over the heat transfer media to maximize heat transfer.

“Results from in-house engineering software used for water distribution prediction is used to compare experimental results from a four-sprayer test rig which verifies the software’s accuracy where good correlation was found,” explained Anderson.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is an American independent, non-profit organisation that conducts research and development related to the generation, delivery and use of electricity to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment.

IWC have been providing innovative and effective cooling solutions for over 30 years throughout Africa. IWS’s core products and productivity-enhancing solutions include cooling towers, heat exchangers and chillers along with their allied spares and services.

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