Monday, May 19, 2008

Getting intimate with cooling towers

I've always had a thing for cooling towers. There's a dignified aura about them – huge bulky things squatting dormantly, passively emitting pleasant clouds of water overhead.

The exterior of a cooling tower

Cooling towers provide a source of cool water (colder than ambient temperature) by evaporating a portion of the water. The evaporation process requires an absorption of latent heat from the environment. This absorption thus cools the environment (the remaining water).

The interior of a cooling tower at partial flow

A cooling tower is a large, open ended cylinder installed vertically. Water is sprayed from the top, and the droplets fall into a pool at the bottom. The water is then pumped up again in a recirculating loop. As water is evaporated, more water is added to maintain the water level in the pool.

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The interior of a cooling tower running at full flow

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Anonymous Huiwen said...

Oh wow so beautiful, classic yeah
Just curious, r u using those RM3600 kind of camera?
really nice

7:13 pm, May 20, 2008  
Blogger albert said...

Superb. The third shot makes me want to play Unreal Tournament again!

9:20 am, May 21, 2008  
Blogger Ms. Tan said...

i heart the second picture. nice lights... =)

12:03 pm, May 25, 2008  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Hui Wen:
Nope, mine's way cheaper than that. Only 1800 MYR.

Heh thanks =)

Ms. Tan:
I heart you too <3

4:27 pm, May 26, 2008  
Anonymous Hui wen said...

oh which brand?..Canon? or well known Nikon?

12:07 am, May 27, 2008  

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