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Title: Heat dispersion in physical estuarine models. Report 2, Experiments in the Delaware River Model
Authors: Trawle, Michael J.
Keywords: Delaware River
Estuarine models
Heat transfer
Heat dispersion
Thermal pollution
Publisher: Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Research report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; H-75-2 rept.2.
Description: Research Report
Abstract: This report is the second of three to be published on the results of investigations of heat dispersion in physical estuarine models conducted in the Delaware River and Trinity Bay models for the Office, Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army. The first report, "Heat Dispersion in Physical Estuarine Models; Report 1, State of the Art," discusses the theoretical aspects of physical heat dispersion modeling in general, while the third report will concern experiments in the Trinity Bay model. The results of this investigation indicate that the Delaware River physical model at the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station can be used effectively to predict the thermal plume characteristics from certain types of heated discharges into the Delaware Estuary. Specifically, the discharges investigated on the Delaware River are classified as low densimetric Froude number discharges, i. e. canals or low-exit-velocity pipe discharges. The near-field distortion effect is at a minimum in the model with this type of discharge. No comparative tests of high densimetric Froude number discharges (diffusers) have been conducted in the model; therefore, it cannot be concluded from this investigation that the Delaware River model can adequately predict thermal plume characteristics for the latter-type discharge into the Delaware Estuary, nor are the results of this study readily transferable to other estuary models, especially those of dissimilar estuaries or those of different scales.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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