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Title: Hydraulic analyses of J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir headwaters
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Savannah District.
Schneider, Michael L. (Michael Lee)
Keywords: Channelization
Flow field
Pumped storage
J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir
Mathematical model
Numerical model
Richard B. Russell Dam
Publisher: Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; HL-89-2.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: The US Army Engineer District, Savannah, is in the process of adding pumped/storage capability at the Richard B. Russell Project. The addition of four 75-MW pump/turbines will double the hydroelectric generation capacity while creating the capability to recharge the power pool in Russell Lake from the adjacent J. Strom Thurmond Lake. The completion of the Richard B. Russell powerhouse will result in a total capacity generation discharge of 60,000 cfs and pumping capacity of 24,800 cfs. The investigation reported herein examined the impacts of increasing the generation and pumpback flows of the project. Of particular concern was the interaction of flows with the downstream channel, which is constricted by sand deposits. The numerical model used in this study examined the velocity field and water-surface fluctuations associated with completed project flows in J. Strom Thurmond Lake. The results indicated a significant influence of the channel constriction on both the velocity field and water surface at capacity flow conditions for low tailwater pools. During periods of low tailwater pool, the duration of capacity pumpback would be limited. A channel realignment was proposed to improve the hydraulic conditions during project operation.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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