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Cooling towers are industrial heat exchangers that typically cools water that has is pumped into areas of extreme heat. Cooling tower industrial applications are used in oil refineries, chemical plants, thermal power plants, and large HVAC systems. These systems use high volume airflow to reduce the water temperature before it is pumped back into the areas of extreme heat.
The high volume airflow is created by the use of electric powered fans. The power requirements widely varies and is dependent on how large each cooling tower system is. Optibelt manufactures v-belt and timing belts specifically engineered for cooling towers.
Small Business & Office Complexes
For cooling tower units that use fractional horsepower drives, Optibelt has developed HVAC Power. HVAC Power fractional horsepower v-belts engineered to flex around small diameter pulleys, can handle extreme temperatures, and features low-stretch cords that extend maintenance interval
Large Facilities, Factories, Power Plants, Warehouses & Stadiums
Larger complexes naturally use cooling tower systems. This requires higher volumes of air and larger motors are needed. For these applications Optibelt developed Red Power high performance v-belts. In addition to being able to withstand higher temperatures, Red Power is the only v-belt available that does not need to be re-tensioned after installation. Its high-modulus polyester cords and transverse fiber rubber keep the belt tensioned throughout its lifetime. This ability to keep proper tension also means substantial yearly energy savings for companies.
Oil Refineries & Chemical Plants
These facilities manufacture or produce highly volatile chemicals or gasses. In these environments electrical discharges can be catastrophic. For these cooling towers Optibelt has engineered Fan Power timing belts. They are certified ISO 9563 anti-static and can handle the power needed to keep the fans moving. Fan Power features large diameter glass fiber cords that are counter wound for no pull-bias and its rubber compound is reinforced with aramid fibers.