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Drift Elimination – Elimination of problems

Date: 2018-09-13 | Author: Christine McAniff

If you have a cooling tower on your facility to remove heat from your operations, you should be using a well fitted and properly designed drift eliminator. This will assure that you to keep toxic chemical compounds out of the surrounding environment while your production is at optimal level.

Most cooling towers should be fitted with a drift eliminator as a way of protecting the natural environment, according to the Federal Energy Management Program as laid out by the U.S. Department of Energy. Strict regulations are enforced and must be complied with.

Drift is a hazard to your facility

During the cooling process, a cooling tower will release water vapor. Many facilities that process or use toxic chemicals in their operations run the risk of releasing the toxic particles into the air, via large water droplets. Over time this will cause considerable damage to the environment resulting in fines and a possible shutdown. The excess moisture being released from the vessel into the air will lead to corrosion problems throughout the facility, damaging the pipes, electrical components, and other equipment. This moisture can also cause the facility’s electrical systems to fail. All resulting in significant fines, cost, and product loss.

To eliminate these issues, a drift eliminator is installed on the cooling tower. Its function is to capture the gas entrained droplets and force them to change direction by interfering with their velocity. This causes the water droplets to turn back the way they came, re-enter the cooling tower and forcing them in a downward motion, preventing them from leaking into the atmosphere.

Drift is a problem for your community

If you don’t have a drift eliminator, your facility will release toxins into the air. The droplets can then contaminate the air around the facility, the ground and nearby water supply. They can then spread to other parts of the local environment, damaging ecosystems, wildlife, and residents. If the temperature outside is below freezing, this moisture can also lead to ice on the roads, local fields, farms and buildings downwind from the facility.

To prevent situations like these from happening, your facility should work with a drift eliminator manufacturer that can help you find the right solution for your facility’s cooling towers. The professionals at Kimre Inc. can help you develop a custom drift eliminator for your cooling tower. If you would like to know more about the benefits of adding a Kimre drift eliminator to your cooling tower operations, please contact us for more information.