Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant: Twenty Years Experience with Changing Thermal Criteria

by E. Ely Driver, TVA, Water Systems Development, Branch, Norris, TN, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


This paper and its companion papers focus on one aspect of the environmental impact of Browns Ferry - the discharge of heated water. The paper provides a description of the site and the plant and traces the evolution of thermal criteria and the changes required in the heat dissipation system to meet these criteria. Ten years experience with the operation of Browns Ferry and results from the Browns Ferry Biothermal Research Station have provided valuable insight into the effect of thermal discharges on the aquatic environment and has served as a basis for establishing alternative thermal limitations.

Subject Headings: Ferries | Thermal effects | Power plants | Thermal pollution | Thermal analysis | Hydro power | Water pollution | Water discharge

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