Jet plume development in a thermally stratified medium
Brown, R. Douglas
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The behavior of an incompressible jet injected into a stably stratified stagnant reservoir was studied in an attempt to define some new aspects of the thermal pollution problem. This experiment investigated the effects of injection angle, Reynolds Number (influence of turbulence), Rayleigh Number (influence of the total temperature of the jet), and reservoir temperature gradient on jet containment and flow stabilization. The nature of the study prohibited precise analytical evaluation of the results but observed tendencies could be qualitatively scrutinized to evaluate the inherent heat and transport problem. Results indicated the pronounced tendency of a reservoir temperature gradient to inhibit mass transport yet enhance heat transfer characteristics.
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