We’ve just completed a project at a very large process water-cooled fibreglass plant which is another one that’s a little out of the ordinary and involves some very large format pipefitting. There are two systems running close to each other. The one near the roof carries compressed air and runs through 350mm diameter pipes. The external system at floor level, that runs around the plant, utilises 250mm diameter pipes and carries the water for cooling the fibreglass during manufacture.
Water that flows through pipes is subject to friction and small amounts of cavitation that creates bubbles. When you add in the fact that the water is changing levels to feed in and out cooling the machinery and it becomes obvious that there will be a measurable level of resistance within the open water system.
What the Kimpton team have done is install flowmeters in the water side of the system to measure the flow rate. This will allow us to calculate the overall system resistance and the size of pumps required to meet the system demand and operate more efficiently.
You can see them installed on the photos below and we will report back to show you the results and the new pumps being fitted in the near future.