Simple Model for Ocean Outfall Plumes

by Harvey C. Schau,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 5, Pg. 1026-1031

Document Type: Journal Paper


We have shown that a power law model provides a simple technique for predicting the dilution as a function of depth, for depths characteristic of most outfall systems. In particular, we have found that for depths grater than 20 ft, the dilution varies as the 5/3 power of the depth and initial mass flow rate has a first order an addative effect to the solutions given for mo = 0. Such solutions are accurate to better then 5% on the average and are ment to augment the result of Fan and Brooks and provide that working engineer with a simple method for performing preliminary studies without elaborate numerical or graphical solutions.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Plumes | Dilution | Numerical methods | Numerical analysis | Flow rates | Model accuracy | Graphic methods

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