Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Thermal Compliance Monitoring Network: Utilization of Data

by Russ T. Brown, Tennessee Technological Univ, Cent, for the Management, Utilization, & Protection of Water Resources,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


An automated water temperature monitoring network was designed to measure ambient and downstream heated river temperatures at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN) in Wheeler Reservoir. The network has involved approximately 15 remote stations with about 10 vertical sensors at a station, scanning sensors each hour and radio telemetering data to a data logging center. The development of the network and utilization of data from this network is reviewed. Several changes in locations of compliance monitors have been made to reduce the influence of natural temperature variations on compliance monitoring.

Subject Headings: Ferries | Thermal effects | Water pollution | Temperature measurement | Rivers and streams | Information management | Hydro power | Power plants

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