CFD Prediction of Forced Draft Counter-Flow Cooling Tower Performance

Abstract

Numerical and experimental studies were conducted for open type forced draftwater cooling tower. The numerical part includes a three dimensional computationalsolution of air and water simultaneous equations which represents the fluid flow,heat transfer and mass transfer. Finite volume method with staggered grid and ke-turbulent model was used. Experimentally, mechanical forced draft counter-flowcooling tower was used to validate the numerical results. The agreement seemsacceptable between the numerical and experimental results.