Evapco has built an air-cooled steam condenser test laboratory in the Wilson E. Bradley Research and Development Center at its headquarters in Taneytown, Md. The laboratory includes a wind tunnel to investigate air-cooled condenser heat exchanger performance for full-size (larger than 35') bundles, which are required for many power plants.
The laboratory process loop produces steam under vacuum in conditions typically utilized in power or other process-plant applications. To optimize the air-cooled condenser design, Evapco has built in the ability to test the heat exchanger bundles with steam under vacuum rather than hot water. Testing allows the company to focus on phenomena such as freezing, air leakage, impingement, flow-accelerated corrosion and the high parasitic power losses associated with air-cooled condensers.