Case Studies

Case Study 1: Timber to fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) Changeout

Timber was commonly used as the main cooling tower structure up till the late 90s. However, timber is prone to rotting and decomposition, especially in our tropical weather.

In recent years, reports of collapsing towers, major structural failure and severely high maintenance costs (especially timber cooling towers in operation for more than 15 years due to the high risk of structural failure).

Fibre-reinforced Plastic (FRP) is now the preferred material for Cooling Tower structure. It has been found to be more durable, reliable, relatively cheaper and longer lasting compared to timber. Changing to FRP allows for 25 years of reliable usage without the risk of a major structural failure.

Matrix Cooling is able to provide a complete timber to FRP structure changeout within record time at a competitive cost.

For example, our project in LCTM Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia in which our team replaced a total of 10 cells timber cooling tower within only 25 days of mechanical shutdown, without requiring any prior modifications to the civil foundation, external riser pipes, and other electrical specifications.

Dilapidated Timber Cooling Tower

We strongly recommend an FRP changeout. Not only does it have a guaranteed lifespan of 25 years, you won’t have to worry about the risk of a major structural failure.

Before: Timber Cooling Tower

After: FRP Cooling Tower