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Asbestos in Cooling Towers

This article describes the uses of asbestos, typically fibre-cement panels, in cooling towers. We include research on the health effects of asbestos contamination in cooling tower water.

This article series provides a master list of the forms in which asbestos was used, a list of known asbestos-containing materials, and links to detailed articles about individual asbestos-containing products & materials found in buildings and in a wide range of products used in both home and industry.

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Asbestos use in Cooling Towers

Advertisement for Havens Cooling Towers that contained asbestos - at InspectApedia.comAsbestos in cooling towers - asbestos cement panels were used as side panels, top covers, and louvers in cooling towers in North America and we think in other countries as early as 1930.

Asbestos may also have been used as an infill or insulating fill between cooling tower panel surfaces. In these forms the asbestos found in cooling towers may be in either non-firable or potentially-friable forms.

Asbestos-containing caulk may also have been used on cooling towers.

Asbestos was also used as coolling tower piping in some installations at least in the UK and in cooling towers at some U.S. nuclear power stations.

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In North America by the early 1940's (or earlier), asbestos was found in many if not all asbestos-cement or "fibro-cement" cooling tower components made by most cooling tower-producing companies listed below, including, for example, the Marley company's honeycomb-type draft blocking panels and other cooling tower panels that may combine asbestos and a plastic coating.

A patent search finds other cooling tower manufacturers using asbestos fibro-cement panels in tower panels including Good-Fellow Cooling Towers and Havens Cooling Towers [Advertisement shown above]

A review of older ASTM standards also documents cooling tower asbestos in ASTM C1081 - 98(2014) - Standard Specification for Asbestos-Cement Corrugated Fill For Use in Cooling Towers - now obsolete.

In some older cooling towers you may also find more-generic asbestos cement panels made by any of a wide range of manufacturers. Asbestos cement was used as cooling tower side panels and louvers.

References for Asbestos Use in Cooling Towers

These links along with copies of advertisements for cooling towers from the companies listed below provide additional details about the use of asbestos in cooling towers.

M Blazer cooling tower asbestos components - at

Goodfellow asbestos in Cooling Towers at

Halstead & Mitchell cooling tower components using asbestos - at

Havens cooling towers using asbestos components - at

Lilie Hoffman cooling towers using asbestos - at

Marley cooling towers using asbestos - at

M Blazer cooling towers using asbestos components  - at

Philips cooling towers using asbestos components  - at

This article series is an expanded, illustrated list of the applications of asbestos in a wide range of products and is an adaptation from Table 1.7. Asbestos Applications a list provided by Rosato (1959)[1] and discussed at ASBESTOS PRODUCTS 1959 [live link above].

There we provide a master list of manufactured products that contain asbestos.

Common asbestos-containing building materials are illustrated separately at ASBESTOS PHOTO GUIDE to MATERIALS our extensive photo library.

Note that asbestos may be present in still other substances and even products, not by its deliberate use or design, but because it occurs naturally, such as asbestos that is found in some talc powders (amphibole asbestos).

Note that while this is the most extensive list of asbestos-containing products & materials it is of course incomplete, as asbestos was used in thousands of products and materials and is still used in many.

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