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Analyses of MTI imagery of power plant thermal discharge
Author(s): Alfred J. Garrett
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Paper Abstract

MTI images of thermal discharge from three power plants are analyzed in this paper with the aid of a 3_D hydrodynamic code. The power plants use different methods to dissipate waste heat in the environment: a cooling lake at Comanche Peak, ocean discharge at Pilgrim and cooling canals at Turkey Point. This paper show s that it is possible to reproduce the temperature distributions captured in MTI imagery with accurate code inputs, but the key parameters change from site to site. Wind direction and speed are the most important parameters at Pilgrim, whereas air temperatures are most important at Comanche Peak and Turkey Point. This paper also shows how the combination of high- resolution thermal imagery and hydrodynamic simulation lead to better understanding of the mechanisms by which waste heat is dissipated in the environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4480, Imaging Spectrometry VII, (17 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453349
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Alfred J. Garrett, Savannah River Technology Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4480:
Imaging Spectrometry VII
Michael R. Descour; Sylvia S. Shen, Editor(s)

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