Individual Cooling Tower Isolation

Hickman, Arkansas

 

Berenyi Incorporated was tasked by Nucor with designing a means by which any one of three cooling towers serving the Hot Mill could be isolated for repair and/or maintenance while allowing the other two to continue serving the operating process. Two C/T’s basins were connected by a large concrete channel, and the third C/T’s basin was connected to the midpoint of this channel by a 42” steel pipe. This C/T could already be isolated by a butterfly valve in its 42” pipe, but the connecting channel was open between the two other C/T’s basins. Berenyi designed two new dams across this existing concrete channel, with two large butterfly valves in each one. This allowed all 3 C/T’s to be individually isolated. One of the two connected basins lacked an overflow apparatus, so Berenyi designed a weir and drain pipe at a point along the top edge of the basin to capture overflow and route the water back to the melt shop hot well. This project was recently completed in September 2011.

Services Provided (click service below to browse projects)

Structural Engineering

Other Nucor Projects