When selecting the pipes and valves to be included in a cooling system, it is important to understand the options available — and the possible outcomes associated with each selection. The selection process is often overlooked or, at least, not given proper attention by designers and contractors when putting together a cooling system. Many factors can impact the effectiveness, longevity and quality of the overall cooling system, and each of these factors should be examined when choosing the best pipes and valves for the application. In most cases, valves, piping and sensors are all key factors to a cooling system’s effectiveness and overall quality.
Within the industrial processes that require a cooling system, there is often a portion of the process that is running hotter than it should. In these types of situations — where a significant amount of cooling is needed — cooling towers often are used. A major issue with cooling towers is that they are open to the atmosphere, thereby exposing them to outside elements. Along with the potential for external contamination, it typically is required to treat the water with a series of decontaminants that will aid in the slowing of corrosion and erosion caused by the chemicals and foreign particles in the water that is used to cool the system.