As a piece of machinery operates, it vibrates. If measured and analyzed, the frequency and amplitude of this vibration can provide insight into the machine’s condition. With the proper tools, these vibration signals can alert personnel or — in worst case scenarios — even shut down the equipment when deteriorating conditions or events occur. Vibration-monitoring equipment is available to aid in maintenance forecasting as well as to help prevent further damage to machinery and components.
The proper level of vibration management adequate for protecting the cooling tower and supported processes must be determined by the owner. The five options identified in this article can help monitor and protect cooling tower components from the potentially destructive effects of vibration.