A Rocky Mountain Project Intake/Discharge Channel Flow Simulation Studyby C. Y. Wei, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,
John Boknecht, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,
Abstract: A two-dimensional depth-integrated finite element flow model was applied to evaluate pumping and generating flow conditions at the Rocky Mountain Project powerhouse intake/discharge channel. Several alternative channel designs were analyzed. For each alternative design, the potential flow separation and formation of a circulating eddy were assessed. A circulating eddy that was observed near the powerhouse entrance in the physical model of the selected design was closely duplicated. The results obtained from this study were used to determine the necessary channel improvements.
Subject Headings: Channel flow | Power plants | Flow simulation | Water intakes | Two-dimensional flow | Fluid flow | Mountains | Water flow | Two-dimensional models | Eddy (fluid dynamics) | Rocky Mountains
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