A Two-Dimensional Numerical Model of Thermal Discharges in Coastal Regions

by Shih-Huang Chieh, Ecology & Environment Inc, Buffalo, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


This paper describes a two-dimensional numerical model of thermal discharges in coastal regions. The model uses potential flow theory to calculate the ambient velocity field of the coastal water. Using the calculated velocity field, the heat transport equation is solved to define the excess temperature field. The finite difference method for arbitrary boundary shapes is used to solve the stream function for the current velocity calculation and the two-dimensional heat transport equation for the excess temperature calculation. To illustrate the computational procedure, the model is applied to a case of a recently developed industrial complex in the Red Sea region.

Subject Headings: Two-dimensional models | Numerical models | Thermal analysis | Thermal pollution | Coastal environment | Two-dimensional flow | Computer models | Water discharge | Red Sea

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