Physical Model Verification of a Coastal Discharge

by P. J. Ryan, Bechtel Civil Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA,
S. W. Tu, Bechtel Civil Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA,
N. M. Ismail, Bechtel Civil Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA,
R. L. Wiegel, Bechtel Civil Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: A 1:75 scale physical model of a thermal discharge into a rocky, semi-enclosed bay was verified against extensive field data. The model accurately reproduced the prototype temperature distribution, both inside and outside the cove, including both lateral and vertical temperature distributions. Accurate portrayal of the cove bathymetry, bottom roughness and wave climate was found to be essential for the model to be a reliable predictive tool.

Subject Headings: Temperature distribution | Physical models | Model accuracy | Hydraulic models | Bathymetry | Hydraulic roughness | Data processing | Thermal analysis

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