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1

When are motorized isolation valves required?

When there are more than 3 cooling towers

2

By code, all cooling towers must be capable of at least __% water turn-down

50%

3

What is flow turn down?

The range in which a flow meter or controller can accurately measure the fluid.

4

What is the turndown ration?

Turndown Ratio = maximum flow / minimum flow

5

Open cooling towers must maintain their lower basin water level at an elevation that is always ______
than the condenser water pump

Higher

6

CT’s, regardless of brand, typically require continuous support along ___ sides

Two

7

Vibration isolation is required for CTs located ____?

On the roof

8

When there are multiple CTs, why is it important to keep inlet and outlet piping symmetrical?

So that piping losses are the same. Uneven pressure drops could result in different flows through towers affecting sump levels.

9

What is the purpose of an equalizer pipe?

to allow the water in all sumps to attain the same level

10

Makeup water is....

ICW that's piped to all CT's to replenish water that is constantly being evaporated and bled from the system.

11

Makeup water rate equals...

Bleed Rate + Evaporation

12

What is a type of chemical water treatment?

Three chemical tans consisting of 2 biocides (to prevent biological growth) and 1 corrosion inhibitor to maintain pH.

13

What is a type of non-chemical water treatment?

An ionizing tube, centrifugal separator, and sump sweeper system.

14

What is an ionizing tube?

a 2 inch long tube attached directly to the the main CW piping that emits electro-magnetic fields into the water. Requires 120v connection.

15

How does an ionizing tube work?

It neutralizes the natural static charge on the water particles making them the minerals in the water more attracted to the particles than the CT surface, preventing scale formation.

16

What are the disadvantages of using recycled water for CT makeup?

consistency of quality, availability, amount needed, and control setpoints for TDS levels and the required chemical treatment are different for the two different water sources.

17

What is TDS?

Total dissolved solids

18

Why can a single thermowell be used on the common discharge header downstream of all CTs?

Because Title 24 states that all operating fans must be controlled to the same speed.

19

What two switches are required on CT's?

Vibration and and overflow switches

20

When is an overflow switch not required on a CT?

When the CT capacity is less than 150 tons.