Study of physical processes and numerical analysis of gravitational flow, environmental variables and discharges of hypersaline plumes.


(BIA2011-29031-C02-01, 2012-2014) is a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, which is part of a project coordinated by IH Cantabria together with the University of La Coruña (Spain).

The goal is to advance the research developed in the MEDUSA project (2008-2011, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Environment) and to obtain methodologies and tools for the design of brine discharged into the sea from desalination plants, to try to minimize their potential impact on marine ecosystems, especially in the Mediterranean Sea.

Specifically, the research consists of different tasks all aimed at further studying the mixing process between a hypersaline release and the marine environment (receiver).

We will study, among other things:

  • flow dynamics in multiple jet discharge under different diffuser section designs;
  • influence of hydrodynamic environmental conditions (waves, currents, density stratification of the water column, depth) on the behavior of effluent discharges;
  • brine discharge behavior in far field, paying special attention to mixing processes and the development of modeling tools;
  • characterization and assembly modeling near and far field.
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