YWCT specializes in tailor-made cooling towers that comply with any cooling challenge. Flexibility in production, diversified materials, and extensive cooling tower knowledge enables us to help you devise the cooling tower as per your specific requirements.
One of the most frequent challenges we encounter is replacement of old cooling towers in an operating plant. These challenges can be divided into two:
- Fitting a new cooling tower to an existing basin. YWCT specializes in designing custom-made cooling towers. In most cases, cooling towers of this size are made of pultruded FRP and designed for at least 25 years of service.In many cases, additional capacity is required due to growing demand of manufacturing process/es over the years. With modern technology, retrofitting is feasible in most cases. By converting crossflow configuration to counterflow, and choosing new fill types that were not available just a few years ago, we can significantly increase an existing cooling tower’s capacity.
- Minimum downtime. In many cases, stopping an operating cooling tower causes significant loss of output and revenues. To reduce downtime to a minimum, we have developed two methodologies to handle such situations:
- Lifting complete cooling tower cells. If there is enough space on site near the existing cooling tower, YWCT can design and build an entire cell alongside the existing cooling tower. On D-Day, one construction team demolishes the existing cooling tower (or one of its cells), and another team is responsible for lifting the new cell and positioning it in place. The process can take two to three days, although in many cases, post demolition of the existing cooling tower is a good time to reconstruct the concrete basin.
- Building cooling towers in modules. When there is no space on site or when the customer would like to reduce the duration of activities on site, building the cooling tower in modules is the way to go. The new cooling tower will be designed in modules that are built at a distant location. The modules (made of pultruded FRP) are designed to be transported on standard trucks. On D-Day, the modules are shipped to the site and assembled in a process that may take a few days, in place of the demolished cooling tower.