Application of Particle Tracking Model for Ocean Outfall Siting in New Bedford, Massachusetts

by Mitchell Heineman, Camp Dresser and McKee Inc, United States,
Ray Walton, Camp Dresser and McKee Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling


PACE, a particle tracking model, was used to assist siting studies for an ocean outfall to be built in conjunction with the City of New Bedford's proposed new secondary wastewater treatment plant. Results from the model showed good agreement with simulations made with TEMPEST, a coupled three-dimensional hydrothermal marine flow and transport model. Analyses of two proposed sites showed that both sites provide satisfactory flushing and dispersion of effluent plumes, but that, on average, significantly more mixing would occur at the offshore, 301(h) Site.

Subject Headings: Three-dimensional models | Particles | Tracking | Ocean engineering | Wastewater treatment plants | Simulation models | Flow simulation | Three-dimensional flow | Massachusetts | United States

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