Dehumidification Units Test Turbine Engines
August 13, 2009
An engineering procurement and construction contractor, CB&I, in The Woodlands, Texas, has ordered eight Munters ICA dehumidification systems for the upgrade of the turbine engine dry air capability at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn.
The $4.75 million order for the units from Munters, Amesbury, Mass., will supply low dewpoint air for jet engine testing. The test cells operate at low temperatures and pressures to simulate high altitudes, requiring the dry air to prevent ice buildup on the equipment responsible for producing the low temperatures. The units will deliver low dewpoint air at variable air volumes between 20,000 and 40,000 cfm.
Munters’ system simplifies the task of integrating a desiccant dehumidifier with other air-conditioning components. The ICA can be customized to multiple configurations and incorporates features such as double-wall construction and a no-through-metal design in either 2.5 or 4" wall thicknesses.