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Meteorology and atmospheric sciences, Climatic research, 2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, 2.3 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Thermodynamics, Chemical process engineering, 2.7 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, Energy and fuels, Occupational health

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Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 29, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 105-115.


The experimental performance of an open industrial scale cooling tower, utilising small approach temperature differences (1–3 K), for rejection of heat at the low water temperatures (11–20 °C) typical of chilled ceilings and other sensible air–water heat dissipation systems in buildings, is examined. The study was carried out under temperate maritime climatic conditions (3–18 °C wet-bulb temperature range). Initially a theoretical analysis of the process at typical conditions for this climate was conducted, which indicated that a water to air (L/G) mass flow rate ratio of less than 1.0 was required for effective operation. Consequently for these low L/G ratios, the thermal performance of the experimental tower was measured and correlated. A new correlation is proposed which shows a significant increase in the NTU level achieved, for the required L/G ratios (0.3–0.9). As the cooling tower in this application is predominantly a mass transfer device under summer conditions, the evaluation of the total volumetric heat and mass transfer coefficient (kga s−1 m−3) is of particular relevance and is also determined.