Heat Loss from Rapid Infiltration Basin in Winter

by Heinz G. Stefan, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Assoc. Dir.; St. Falls Hydraulic Lab., Dept. of Civ. and Mineral Engrg., Univ. of Minnesota, Minnneapolis, Minn. 55455,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 141-158

Document Type: Journal Paper


A method to estimate heat losses from a rapid wastewater infiltration basin under winter operation is developed. The analysis is theoretical and considers two modes of operation, one with a permanent ice cover on the basin and one without. The loading of the infiltration basin is intermittent. The analysis provides a complete heat budget. The equations are expressed in a form which permits estimation of frequency of loading of a basin as a function of loading depth. Heat losses to the atmosphere, formation of an ice cover and cyclic freezing, and thawing of the soil are included in the analysis.

Subject Headings: Recharge basins | Load factors | Winter | Ice | Basins | Freeze and thaw | Soil analysis | Wastewater management

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