Boundary Dam TDG (Total dissolved gas) analysis using a CFD model

Nikou Jalayeri, Joe Groeneveld, Andrew Bearlin, John Gulliver

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Abstract

The Boundary Dam is located on the Pend Oreille River in northeastern Washington. The project consists of a 340 ft. high concrete arch dam, seven low level sluiceway outlets, two high level overflow spillways, and a 660 MW powerhouse. The spillway and sluiceway discharge at the Boundary Hydroelectric Development have been shown to produce high total dissolved gas (TDG) concentrations in the tailwater of the spillway and the river reach downstream. Studies were commissioned to determine modifications to the project's spillway structures to help mitigate this gas production. Resolution of many of the hydraulic design issues for the study relied heavily on the results of numerical hydraulic models. These modifications were constructed and tested in the field. The CFD model that was developed in support of these studies was used to simulate flows through a number of the project's seven sluice gates and two overflow spillways. This model was also used to simulate the entry and movement of these flows through the project's downstream plunge pool and powerhouse area. The model was set up to track the pressure- and time-histories of representative air bubbles within the plunge pool and tailrace. These data were then used as input to a TDG predictive tool to help predict total dissolved gas production in the tailrace. The overall predictive performance was successfully calibrated and validated to actual prototype (field) TDG data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication23rd Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Held as part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
PublisherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering
Pages73-83
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781510878402
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event23rd Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Held as part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: May 31 2017Jun 3 2017

Publication series

Name23rd Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Held as part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017

Conference

Conference23rd Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Held as part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period5/31/176/3/17

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