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Comparison of Evaporative and Air Cooled Condensers in Industrial Applications

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Comparison of Evaporative and Air Cooled Condensers in Industrial Applications

This paper considers the range of condenser options and how they are used. It focuses on the economic and efficiency justification for selecting different types of condensers based on a comparison of the total cost of ownership. It includes an evaluation of plant size and type (air cooled or evaporative); design considerations such as relative first cost, energy cost, water supply, treatment and disposal costs, maintenance requirements and heat exchanger life expectancy. Weather data and part load operation characteristics are also included.

The impact of the condenser selection on refrigeration plant costs, both direct and indirect is fully considered as well.

Authors: John Clark MInstR, AMIMechE, MEng and Angus Gillies MInstR, FIMechE, CEng

 
 

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