Simulation of Far-Field Thermal Effects from Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

by Walter L. Harper, TVA, Engineering Lab, Norris, TN, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


A computer model was used to evaluate the far-field effects of revised thermal discharge limitations at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant (BFN). Requested limitations would allow a maximum plant-induced downstream temperature of 90 degree F and a maximum plant-induced downstream temperature rise of 10 degree F (90/10). The accuracy of the model was verified against measured temperature data. After verification, two simulations were run which, when compared, indicated the potential incremental effects of BFN operation under the proposed limitations.

Subject Headings: Thermal analysis | Thermal effects | Ferries | Power plants | Thermal pollution | Rivers and streams | Model accuracy | Computer models | Tennessee | United States

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