For 60 years, the Cooling Technology Institute, headquartered in Houston, has worked at adhering to its mission to “advocate and promote the use of environmentally responsible evaporative heat transfer systems for the benefit of the public by encouraging education, research, standards development and verification, government relations and technical-information exchange.”
The group has established acceptable minimum quality levels
and performance of evaporative heat transfer systems and their components by
establishing standard specifications, guidelines and certification programs. CTI’s
Standard 201 gives cooling tower end-users comfort. When buying capital
equipment, the outlay is big and the anxiety level often high - will the tower
perform as expected?
CTI addresses that worry with Standard 201, whose opening
paragraph states that it:
“…sets forth a program whereby the Cooling
Technology Institute will certify that all models of a line of water cooling
towers offered for sale by a specific Manufacturer will perform thermally in
accordance with the Manufacturer's published ratings…”
For end-users who rest easier when there’s an independent
third-party evaluation, CTI certification is an additional tool in the buying
process. To find out the details of what Standard 201 covers, go to www.cti.org
and click on “Certification Information” in the left-hand column.
CTI offers its independent testing services for both thermal
performance and drift performance. They are administered through the CTI
Multi-Agency Tower Performance Test Program, which compares a specific tower
installation’s actual operating performance to its design performance. Because
the multi-agency program is installation-specific, it differs from CTI’s
Cooling Technology Certification Program that certifies all models of a
specific manufacturer's line of cooling towers perform in accordance with their
published thermal ratings.
can find a list of all CTI-licensed testing agencies on CTI’s website.
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