Modeling brine discharge dispersion from two adjacent desalination outfalls in coastal waters

Anton Purnama, Dongdong Shao

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A far field mathematical model for two brine outfall discharges that incorporates the effect of an oscillating tidal current is used to study the merging and interaction of two brine plumes in coastal waters. The maximum compounded shoreline concentration is formulated and used as a measure for assessing the long term salinity build-up of brine discharges into the sea. It is found that the modern engineering practice which installs a two-port diffuser at the end of the outfall pipe does produce less potential environmental impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 5 2015



  • Far field model
  • Long term impact assessment
  • Oscillating tidal flow
  • Two-port diffuser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Water Science and Technology

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