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Developments in Reinforced Concrete Cooling Towers. Summary of a Talk Given at a Joint Meeting of Yorkshire Branches of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers on the I 8th March, I 944.

REINFORCED Concrete is finding increasing application in Cooling Towers and in pipe lines, pump houses, etc., which go with them. Great attention is being given to the design of Cooling Towers for maximum efficiency and for the reduction of the nuisance of precipitation. An increase in the first cost is often more than justified by fuel saving in the Power Station and a large size of tower giving a low range of cooling is a factor in reducing the deposition of moisture on surrounding areas. Uniform distribution of the Water over the interior stack at all variations of loading and the minimum impediment to the inflow of air is also necessary. The first slides show a modern interior stack of timber construction having small laths in continuous circles held in notched bearer boards. This stack occurs in the lower portion of the concrete tower, which may rise for 200 ft. above the stack. The water is sprayed over the stack from brass sprayers mounted on the top of asbestos cement pipes from a main Conduit of Reinforced Concrete passing diametrically across the centre line of the Reinforced Concrete Tower. Wartime scarcity of timber made it necessary to attempt to save some or all of the timber entailed in the stack and further slides illustrate two Cooling Tower stacks built entirely of Reinforced Concrete and one stack built with Reinforced Concrete main members but having timber laths. H.E. Manning