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Noise from cooling towers of power parks

Description: A study is presented of the noise pollution problem for large power parks proposed for the future. Such parks might have an area of about 75 sq. miles, and a generating capacity up to 48000 MW. A comparative analysis has been done for natural and mechanical-draft wet towers as the major sources of acoustic power. Noise radiation from single isolated towers as well as from a dispersed array of towers has been considered for both types of cooling systems. Major noise attenuation effects considered are due to the atmospheric absorption and A- weighting. Conditions of 60F and 70 percent relative humidity in a still atmosphere have been assumed. (auth)
Date: October 14, 1975
Creator: Zakaria, J. & Moore, F.K.
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Description: This report has been prepared for the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE), for the purpose of providing a status report on the challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. commercial nuclear energy industry in the area of plant cooling water supply. The report was prompted in part by recent Second Circuit and Supreme Court decisions regarding cooling water system designs at existing thermo-electric power generating facilities in the U.S. (primarily fossil and nuclear plants). At issue in the courts have been Environmental Protection Agency regulations that define what constitutes “Best Technology Available” for intake structures that withdraw cooling water that is used to transfer and reject heat from the plant’s steam turbine via cooling water systems, while minimizing environmental impacts on aquatic life in nearby water bodies used to supply that cooling water. The report was also prompted by a growing recognition that cooling water availability and societal use conflicts are emerging as strategic energy and environmental issues, and that research and development (R&D) solutions to emerging water shortage issues are needed. In particular, cooling water availability is an important consideration in siting decisions for new nuclear power plants, and is an under-acknowledged issue in evaluating the pros and cons of retrofitting cooling towers at existing nuclear plants. Because of the significant ongoing research on water issues already being performed by industry, the national laboratories and other entities, this report relies heavily on ongoing work. In particular, this report has relied on collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), including its recent work in the area of EPA regulations governing intake structures in thermoelectric cooling water systems.
Date: December 1, 2010
Creator: Vine, Gary
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Noise radiation from natural-draft cooling towers for nuclear power plants

Description: A procedure for computing the noise levels in the vicinity of natural- draft cooling towers is presented. The noise levels are computed in overall and octave band levels with A-weighting and with no weighting. Attenuation of the noise by wave spreading, atmospheric absorption, barrier screening, vegetation, and wind and temperature gradients are included. The procedure is applied to a nuclear power plant served by four cooling towers and to a nuclear energy center with forty cooling towers. (auth)
Date: October 1, 1975
Creator: Carley, T.G.
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Failure of cooling tower LOB-CT-1

Description: Following the loss of cooling tower LOB-CT-1, an investigation was conducted to determine the cause and to develop precautions to prevent future cooling tower losses. This cooling tower, located in the office-building basement of the Clinton P. Anderson Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF), was shut down on October 29, 1973. Excessive use of chelate chemical was ludged to be the major factor involved in the high corrosion rates observed. A number of precautions are listed which should prevent further surprise'' corrosion problems. The precautions include precalculation of chemical additions, visual inspection, corrosion coupons, corrosion meters, and chemical analyses of operating conditions. (auth)
Date: March 1, 1974
Creator: Midkiff, W.S.
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Measured chromium distributions resulting from cooling tower drift

Description: Useful data concerning the distribution of drift from a mechanical draft cooling tower were derived from field measurements despite the non-ideal conditions which were encountered. Observed chromium fluxes ranged from about 1 mg (m/sup 2/hr)/sup -1/ at a distance of 30 m from the tower to about 1% of that value at a kilometer. Air concentrations of chromium were fairly constant at about 50 ng m/sup -3/ to a distance of about 200 m downwind of the tower, apparently due to thorough mixing in the wake of the tower and a lack of lateral dilution of the effiuent from a crosswind line source. A simplified droplet trajectory model appears capable of estimating drift deposition flux within an order of magnitude. Neither that model nor the experimental data are sufficiently detailed to permit definitive assessment of cooling tower drift. The proper assessment of cooling tower drift deposition for general application would require a comprehensive investigation centered on an isolated cooling lower whose operational characteristics are well-defined and subject ulo cont rol. Documentation of the drift droplet spectrum and properties of the buoyant plume and the adjacent atmosphere are essential to such an effont. (auth)
Date: January 1, 1973
Creator: Alkezweeny, A.J.; Glover, D.W.; Lee, R.N.; Sloot, J.W. & Wolf, M.A.
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Environmental aspects of cooling tower operation: survey of the emission, transport, and deposition of drift from the K-31 and K-33 cooling towers at ORGDP

Description: The results from a program ulo evaluaule the environmental aspeculs of cooling ulower operation at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plan (ORGDP) are presented. The quantities of chemicals being introduced into the atmosphere as well as the deposition of these chemicals on the environs surrounding the cooling towers were measured. Based on the tests performed, the cooling towers, under present operating conditions, are noul causing any adverse effect on the native vegetation surrounding ORGDP. (auth)
Date: February 1, 1974
Creator: Jallouk, P.A.; Kidd, G.J. Jr. & Shapiro, T.
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Passive cooling with solar updraft and evaporative downdraft chimneys

Description: Computer models have been developed to describe the operation of both solar updraft and evaporative downdraft chimneys. Design studies are being conducted at the present time to use the towers for cooling an experimental, well instrumented, structure to study passive cooling in residential buildings. (MHR)
Date: January 1, 1985
Creator: Mignon, G.V.; Cunningham, W.A. & Thompson, T.L.
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Establishing feasibility for providing passive cooling with solar updraft and evaporative downdraft chimneys

Description: At the present time all experimental towers (chimneys) are completed and operating. This consists of both a solar updraft and a natural-evaporative downdraft tower retrofitted to an existing residence structure and a greenhouse. The residential, experimental, natural-draft cooling system was completed in May, 1985, and five months of summer data on a Hewlet Packard 85 data acquisition computer with a digital voltmeter were acquired. The cooling tower and solar chimney on the experimental greenhouse became operational in September of 1985. A conceptual drawing of both the greenhouse and the residence natural-draft towers is included in the appendix along with the September 85 progress report.
Date: January 1, 1986
Creator: Cunningham, W. A. & Mignon, G. V.
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Establishing feasibility for providing passive cooling with solar updraft and evaporative downdraft chimneys

Description: The solar updraft and a natural evaporative downdraft tower built onto an existing residence structure and a greenhouse were completed and operating. Performance data for the hottest days of June, July, and August, 1985 are included. (MHR)
Date: January 1, 1985
Creator: Cunningham, W. A. & Migon, G. V.
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Santa Rosa Geysers Recharge Project: GEO-98-001. Final Report

Description: The Geysers steamfields in northern Sonoma County have produced reliable ''green'' power for many years. An impediment to long-term continued production has been the ability to provide a reliable source of injection water to replace water extracted and lost in the form of steam. The steamfield operators have historcially used cooling towers to recycle a small portion of the steam and have collected water during the winter months using stream extraction. These two sources, however, could not by themselves sustain the steamfield in the long term. The Lake County Reclaimed Water Project (SEGEP) was inititated in 1997 and provides another source of steamfield replenishment water. The Santa Rosa Geysers Recharge Project provides another significant step in replenishing the steamfield. In addition, the Santa Rosa Geysers Recharge Project has been built with capacity to potentially meet virtually all injection water requirements, when combined with these other sources. Figure 2.1 graphically depicts the combination of injection sources.
Date: October 1, 2002
Creator: Brauner, Edwin Jr. & Carlson, Daniel C.
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PG and E Geysers Retrofit Project: Milestone Report No. 1

Description: Rogers Engineering was contracted to determine the technical feasibility and cost/benefit ratios for Pacific Gas and Electric Company to replace the iron-catalyst/peroxide/ caustic systems with surface condensers and Stretford H{sub 2}S abatement systems for Units 1 through 12 at the Geysers. This Milestone No.1 Report is a 6 week progress report and will not have the cost benefit analyses which is planned for in the Final Report. This report will focus only on Units 1 and-3, which are thought of as typical to Units 2 and 4 in our contract. The work performed analyzes the cooling water cycle for both units and determines the turbine operating back pressure as a function of cold water from the existing cooling towers to the new surface condensers. Any power penalty is noted and assessed to the respective turbine-generator with necessary definition for the reason in heat rate deterioration. The direction of Rogers Engineering Co.'s efforts was the conceptual system analysis for Units 1 and 3. But cooling tower performance differences between Units 1 and 2 influenced the similarity of, the cycle thermodynamics and power output at the generator for these two units. We therefore are reporting on Units One and Two. Units Three and Four are identical with some minor location and piping.
Date: June 4, 1979
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Coagulation chemistries for silica removal from cooling tower water.

Description: The formation of silica scale is a problem for thermoelectric power generating facilities, and this study investigated the potential for removal of silica by means of chemical coagulation from source water before it is subjected to mineral concentration in cooling towers. In Phase I, a screening of many typical as well as novel coagulants was carried out using concentrated cooling tower water, with and without flocculation aids, at concentrations typical for water purification with limited results. In Phase II, it was decided that treatment of source or make up water was more appropriate, and that higher dosing with coagulants delivered promising results. In fact, the less exotic coagulants proved to be more efficacious for reasons not yet fully determined. Some analysis was made of the molecular nature of the precipitated floc, which may aid in process improvements. In Phase III, more detailed study of process conditions for aluminum chloride coagulation was undertaken. Lime-soda water softening and the precipitation of magnesium hydroxide were shown to be too limited in terms of effectiveness, speed, and energy consumption to be considered further for the present application. In Phase IV, sodium aluminate emerged as an effective coagulant for silica, and the most attractive of those tested to date because of its availability, ease of use, and low requirement for additional chemicals. Some process optimization was performed for coagulant concentration and operational pH. It is concluded that silica coagulation with simple aluminum-based agents is effective, simple, and compatible with other industrial processes.
Date: February 1, 2010
Creator: Nyman, May Devan; Altman, Susan Jeanne & Stewart, Tom
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Description: This is the eighth Quarterly Report for this project. The background and technical justification for the project are described, including potential benefits of reducing fuel moisture, prior to firing in a pulverized coal boiler. Analyses were performed to determine the effects of coal product moisture on unit performance. Results are given showing how the coal product moisture level affects parameters such as boiler efficiency, power required to drive the fluidizing air fan, other station service power needed for fans and pulverizers, net unit heat rate, thermal energy rejected by the cooling tower, and stack emissions.
Date: March 1, 2005
Creator: Sarunac, Nenad & Levy, Edward
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Description: Industrial processes use mechanical draft cooling towers (MDCT's) to dissipate waste heat by transferring heat from water to air via evaporative cooling, which causes air humidification. The Savannah River Site (SRS) has cross-flow and counter-current MDCT's consisting of four independent compartments called cells. Each cell has its own fan to help maximize heat transfer between ambient air and circulated water. The primary objective of the work is to simulate the cooling tower performance for the counter-current cooling tower and to conduct a parametric study under different fan speeds and ambient air conditions. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) developed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model and performed the benchmarking analysis against the integral measurement results to accomplish the objective. The model uses three-dimensional steady-state momentum, continuity equations, air-vapor species balance equation, and two-equation turbulence as the basic governing equations. It was assumed that vapor phase is always transported by the continuous air phase with no slip velocity. In this case, water droplet component was considered as discrete phase for the interfacial heat and mass transfer via Lagrangian approach. Thus, the air-vapor mixture model with discrete water droplet phase is used for the analysis. A series of parametric calculations was performed to investigate the impact of wind speeds and ambient conditions on the thermal performance of the cooling tower when fans were operating and when they were turned off. The model was also benchmarked against the literature data and the SRS integral test results for key parameters such as air temperature and humidity at the tower exit and water temperature for given ambient conditions. Detailed results will be published here.
Date: February 10, 2009
Creator: Lee, S; Alfred Garrett, A; James02 Bollinger, J & Larry Koffman, L
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Preoperational test report, raw water system

Description: This represents the preoperational test report for the Raw Water System, Project W-030. Project W-030 provides a ventilation upgrade for the four Aging Waste Facility tanks. The system supplies makeup water to the W-030 recirculation evaporative cooling towers for tanks AY1O1, AY102, AZ1O1, AZ102. The Raw Water pipe riser and associated strainer and valving is located in the W-030 diesel generator building. The tests verify correct system operation and correct indications displayed by the central Monitor and Control System.
Date: October 29, 1997
Creator: Clifton, F.T.
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Desiccant-Based Preconditioning Market Analysis

Description: A number of important conclusions can be drawn as a result of this broad, first-phase market evaluation. The more important conclusions include the following: (1) A very significant market opportunity will exist for specialized outdoor air-handling units (SOAHUs) as more construction and renovation projects are designed to incorporate the recommendations made by the ASHRAE 62-1989 standard. Based on this investigation, the total potential market is currently $725,000,000 annually (see Table 6, Sect. 3). Based on the market evaluations completed, it is estimated that approximately $398,000,000 (55%) of this total market could be served by DBC systems if they were made cost-effective through mass production. Approximately $306,000,000 (42%) of the total can be served by a non-regenerated, desiccant-based total recovery approach, based on the information provided by this investigation. Approximately $92,000,000 (13%) can be served by a regenerated desiccant-based cooling approach (see Table 7, Sect. 3). (2) A projection of the market selling price of various desiccant-based SOAHU systems was prepared using prices provided by Trane for central-station, air-handling modules currently manufactured. The wheel-component pricing was added to these components by SEMCO. This resulted in projected pricing for these systems that is significantly less than that currently offered by custom suppliers (see Table 4, Sect. 2). Estimated payback periods for all SOAHU approaches were quite short when compared with conventional over-cooling and reheat systems. Actual paybacks may vary significantly depending on site-specific considerations. (3) In comparing cost vs benefit of each SOAHU approach, it is critical that the total system design be evaluated. For example, the cost premium of a DBC system is very significant when compared to a conventional air handling system, yet the reduced chiller, boiler, cooling tower, and other expense often equals or exceeds this premium, resulting in a rapid payback period while providing significant energy savings.
Date: January 11, 2001
Creator: Fischer, J.
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Plant Vogtle cooling tower studies

Description: Intensive ground-based field studies of plumes from two large, natural-draft cooling towers were conducted in support of the MTI modeling effort. Panchromatic imagery, IR imagery, meteorological data, internal tower temperatures and plant power data were collected during the field studies. These data were used to evaluate plume simulations, plume radioactive transfer calculations and plume volume estimation algorithms used for power estimation. Results from six field studies indicate that a 3-D atmospheric model at sufficient spatial resolution can effectively simulate a cooling tower plume if the plume is of sufficient size and the ambient meteorology is known and steady. Small plumes and gusty wind conditions degrade the agreement between the simulated and observed plumes. Thermal radiance calculations based on the simulated plumes produced maximum IR temperatures (near tower exit) which were in good agreement with measured IR temperatures for the larger plumes. For the smaller plumes, the calculated IR temperature was lower than the measured temperature by several degrees. Variations in maximum IR plume temperature with decreasing power (one reactor was undergoing a shutdown process), were clearly observed in the IR imagery and seen in the simulations. These temperature changes agreed with those calculated from an overall tower energy and momentum balance. Plume volume estimates based on camcorder images at three look angles were typically 20--30 percent larger than the plume volumes derived from the simulations, although one estimate was twice the simulated volume. Volume overestimation is expected and will have to be accounted for to some degree if plume volume is to be a useful diagnostic quantity in power estimation. Volume estimation with MTI imagery will require a large, stable plume and two looks in the visible bands (5m GSD) along with a solar shadow.
Date: January 26, 2000
Creator: O'Steen, L.
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