Proceedings of 2nd International Multi-Disciplinary Conference Theme: Integrated Sciences and Technologies, IMDC-IST 2021, 7-9 September 2021, Sakarya, Turkey

Research Article

Experimental Study of the Wet Cooling Tower using Different Packing Materials

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.7-9-2021.2314845,
        author={Alaa H. Hussein and Safaa H. Faisal and Bassam A. Mohammed},
        title={Experimental Study of the Wet Cooling Tower using Different Packing Materials },
        proceedings={Proceedings of 2nd International Multi-Disciplinary Conference Theme: Integrated Sciences and Technologies, IMDC-IST 2021, 7-9 September 2021, Sakarya, Turkey},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={IMDC-IST},
        year={2022},
        month={1},
        keywords={cooling tower counterflow packing tower efficiency pressure drop},
        doi={10.4108/eai.7-9-2021.2314845}
    }
    
  • Alaa H. Hussein
    Safaa H. Faisal
    Bassam A. Mohammed
    Year: 2022
    Experimental Study of the Wet Cooling Tower using Different Packing Materials
    IMDC-IST
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.7-9-2021.2314845
Alaa H. Hussein1,*, Safaa H. Faisal1, Bassam A. Mohammed1
  • 1: Thermal Mechanical Engineering Department., Southern Technical University, Basra, Iraq
*Contact email: alaahamel2@gmail.com

Abstract

Three alternative materials are suggested to use in the wet cooling tower as a replacement to the standard plastic packing (PL). These are reed plants (RP), drinking water bottlenecks (WB), and chicken feathers (CF). Results show that increasing the airflow rate leads to an improvement in thermal performance together with an increase in pressure drop. Increasing the water flow rate negatively affects the thermal performance with a slight increase in the pressure drop. The increase in inlet water temperature does not show any effect on the pressure drop. It is found that the PL packing is the best in terms of thermal performance, followed by the RP packing. The CF packing comes in the next, and finally, the WB has the lowest performance. The WB packing is the best in terms of pressure drop, followed by CF packing and then the PL packing, while the RP has the highest pressure drop.