Minimum Weight Design of Hyperbolic Cooling Towers

by Phillip L. Gould,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 2, Pg. 203-208

Document Type: Journal Paper


The minimum weight design of hyperbolic cooling towers is examined. Taking the duty-performance coefficient as the primary behavior constraint, the design is formulated as a constrained optimization problem, and the critical dimensions of the lightest towers for various values of the duty-performance coefficient are tabulated considering a wide range of shell parameters. In general, the towers with sharper curvature appeared to be lighter when compared to other towers with the same duty-performance coefficient.

Subject Headings: Minimum weight design | Cooling towers | Parameters (statistics) | High-rise buildings | Curvature | Professional societies

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