Here’s a cool picture to ponder on a hot summer day. Nuclear cooling towers operate year round. In the winter, the crystallizing steam creates huge icicles near the base of the tower. The predecessor firm to my company in Chicago got their big break designing hyperbolic cooling tower structures in the 1960s. They applied the technology to concrete core wall systems for skyscrapers. We occasionally still get some work performing retrofits of the interior structure which is subject to extreme weathering conditions.
Photo – Something Cool
June 14, 2012