Surge analysis of a petrochemical plant cooling water system


Our customer in this study operates one of the world’s largest petrochemical plants in China. The main header is two metres in diameter, and the plant has 4 systems in parallel. The cooling water system is an open system with a cooling tower, and uses GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) pipes.

The plant operators chose PIPENET to test and optimise the network design when the operating valve is closed. The valve closure causes oscillations in the water flow in the network, which can exert powerful and damaging forces on the network components.

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