标题：Experimental investigation into the positive effects of a tri-blade-like windbreak wall on small size natural draft dry cooling towers
作者：Lu, Yuanshen; Guan, Zhiqiang; Gurgenci, Hal; Alkhedhair, Abdullah; He, Suoying
作者机构：[Lu, Yuanshen; Guan, Zhiqiang; Gurgenci, Hal; Alkhedhair, Abdullah] Queensland Geothermal Energy Ctr Excellence, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia.; [Lu 更多
会议名称：18th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES)
来源：APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING
关键词：Crosswind; Natural draft cooling tower; Windbreak wall; Scaled model;; Wind tunnel test; CFD modeling
摘要：Cooling efficiency of heat exchangers in conventional large natural draft dry cooling towers (NDDCTs) is often affected by crosswind. In our previous work, it was verified that the crosswind influence is more significant on short NDDCTs (height <30 m) with horizontal heat exchangers than on large towers at a same wind speed. A new tri-blade-like windbreak has been proposed in the tower base to improve the cooling performance. In this paper, a following-up experimental study on a 1:12.5 scaled NDDCT equipped with a novel round heat exchanger model is reported. Instrument measurements were made on the air temperatures and velocities as well as the heat rejection rates on the scaled cooling tower model with and without the windbreak wall, and the influences of three wind attack angles (0 degrees, 30 degrees, and 60 degrees) with respect to the windbreak wall were particularly investigated. The overall heat transfer performance of the cooling tower was found sensitive to the attack angles. The study verified that the cooling performance is improved most if the tri-blade-like windbreaks placed in the attack angle of 0 degrees. The experiment results qualitatively agreed with the predictions of the two 3D CFD models, the 15 m-tall prototype and the 1.2 m-tall tower model. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.