Water temperature data obtained in the Mississippi River downstream
from the Monticello Nuclear Power Generating Plant during 32 field surveys
have been analyzed and reduced to a form which permits the prediction of
certain thermal plume characteristics using readily available plant
operational, hydrologic and meteorological input data. To achieve this
goal, dimensionless parameters are derived by analysis and applied in order
to reduce the field data to simple graphical form and in some cases to
semi-empirical equations. All results indicate that lateral turbulent
mixing is the main mechanism by which cooling water effluents from the
Monticello plant are diluted over the first three miles downstream from the
outlet. There is no significant horizontal stratification and not much
heat transfer to the atmosphere within the river reach studied.
Stefan, Heinz; Lake, Gary; Nguyen, Chau.
Mixing and Heat Transfer of Cooling Water Discharges from the Monticello Nuclear Power Generating Plant into the Mississippi River.
St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory.
Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,
Content distributed via the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor.