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This research work incorporates experimental investigation and simulation to inspect the impact of influential parameters on the efficiency of a forced draft cooling tower. The number of packing ribs, the flow rate of water, the flow rate of air, the surface area, and the area of contact are the parameters investigated in this study. All of these parameters are altered and their effect on efficiency is explored. Two types of packing with varying rib numbers of packing and areas are utilized to observe their influence on the efficiency of the cooling tower. Modeling and CFD analysis of the aforementioned cooling tower is done on SOLIDWORKS and ANSYS Fluent respectively. Finally, the results from experimental data and CFD analysis are compared to inspect the effectiveness of the simulation. The results depicted that the efficiency of a forced draft cooling tower varies directly with the flow rate of air and inversely with the flow rate of water. Moreover, the performance of the cooling tower has a direct relationship with the area of contact, time of contact between air and water, and the number of ribs. The results obtained from CFD analysis are compared and validated with experimental results. Finally, percentage error analysis is also presented between simulation model efficiency and experimentation efficiency of the benchtop cooling tower and it exhibits good agreement with the experimental data.
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Husnain, N., Siddiqui, F., Ahmad, R., Bukhari, S. M. A., Nasir, I., Shafi, M., & Hanif, M. (2022). Experimental and Computational study of the most Influential Parameters of a Lab-Scale Forced Draft Cooling Tower by considering different number of Packing Ribs. Technical Journal, 27(04), 20-27. Retrieved from https://tj.uettaxila.edu.pk/index.php/technical-journal/article/view/1767
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