Computer Modeling for a Power Intake

by Mary Ann Hosko, Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc, Harrisburg, PA, USA,
Louis H. Conklin, Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc, Harrisburg, PA, USA,
David W. McDougall, Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc, Harrisburg, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


This paper describes the application of an existing computer model to respond to environmental requirements for a small scale hydroelectric power plant being developed by Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. on the existing Raystown Reservoir located in central Pennsylvania. The model was used to optimize an intake design which provides regulation of discharge temperatures within acceptable limits The model simulates the temperature distribution in the lake and the temperature of the water discharged from the 21 MW hydroelectric plant under design, the spillway, and outlet works. The authors used a state-of-the-art model, CE-THERM-R1, developed by the Corps. The authors then used the model to analyze the performance of a variety of intake concepts, varying the elevations of intake ports and modes of operation to determine the best approach to provide the required regulation of discharge temperatures.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Hydrologic models | Water discharge | Optimization models | Water intakes | Hydro power | Existing buildings | Temperature distribution | Pennsylvania | United States

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