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Infrared monitoring of power-plant effluents and heat sinks to optimize plant efficiency
Author(s): Richard Norman Wurzbach; David A. Seith
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Paper Abstract

Infrared imaging of the discharge canal and intake pond of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station was initiated to confirm a plant staff suspicion that high water intake temperatures were being influenced by recirculation of discharge flow. To minimize the angle of incidence to the water surface, the inspection was made from the top of the cooling towers. Although there was no evidence of recirculation from the plant discharge to the intake pond, two unexpected inputs of thermal energy were discovered during the inspection. A faulty sluice gate and a damaged cross-around pipe could be seen to be dumping thermal energy into the intake pond. The result was increased temperatures at the intake which threatened plant operation, decreased plant efficiency, and resulted in fewer megawatts available to sell to customers during the critical summer months.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4020, Thermosense XXII, (30 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.381570
Show Author Affiliations
Richard Norman Wurzbach, Maintenance Reliability Group, LLC (United States)
David A. Seith, PECO Energy Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4020:
Thermosense XXII
Ralph B. Dinwiddie; Dennis H. LeMieux, Editor(s)

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