Scenarios of the spread of a waste heat discharge in a river — Vistula River case study

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The problem of two-dimensional mathematical modelling of heated cooling water discharges into running waters is considered in the paper. Two models — one for the evaluation of 2D turbulent velocity field and the other, developed by authors of the study, for 2D heat transport in open-channels — were used in the calculations. Relevant scenarios of the spread of heated water discharged from a designed gas-stem power plant to be constructed at the Vistula River were presented. Environmentally most friendly variant of the discharge of the thermal pollution was selected from among four various variants.

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Kalinowska, M.B., Rowiński, P.M., Kubrak, J. et al. Scenarios of the spread of a waste heat discharge in a river — Vistula River case study. Acta Geophys. 60, 214–231 (2012). https://doi.org/10.2478/s11600-011-0045-x

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Key words

  • thermal pollution
  • RivMix model
  • heat transport
  • cooling water
  • advection-diffusion equation