Numerical Study of the Velocity and Temperature Fields in a Flow-Through Reservoir

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W. L. Oberkampf

Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

L. I. Crow

Texas Water Rights Commission, Austin, Texas

J. Heat Transfer 98(3), 353-359 (Aug 01, 1976) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450560 History: Received June 07, 1976; Online August 11, 2010


The fluid dynamic and temperature fields in a reservoir are numerically simulated by means of a finite difference procedure. The flow in the rectangular reservoir is assumed to be two-dimensional in a vertical plane. Inflow is allowed at the surface on one end of the reservoir and outflow occurs at any depth on the opposite end. The reservoir inflow is set at a given temperature and velocity so as to simulate the thermal discharge from a power generating facility. At the surface of the reservoir wind shear, short wave and long wave radiation, evaporation, and convective heat transfer are taken into account. The effects of inflow/outflow, wind shear, and heat transfer on the reservoir are discussed.

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