Date of Award
Master of Science
Geological and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Alan E. Kehew
Dr. W. Thomas Straw
Dr. Duane Hampton
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study focused on thermal characteristics of the ground water and recharged surface water at The Upjohn Company's (now Pharmacia and Upjohn) Portage Road manufacturing facility. Major objectives were: (a) a compilation and graphical evaluation of historical lower aquifer ground water temperatures; (b) estimates of thermal energy introduced into the ground water system through recharge from Upjohn Pond, and predictions of future production well discharge temperatures; (c) an evaluation of hydraulic conductivity related to changes in water density and viscosity influenced by variable temperature; and (d) the stratigraphy beneath Upjohn Pond.
Records reveal increasing ground water temperatures through time in response to the recharge of non-contact cooling water at the site. Three methods were employed and estimated thermal input via Upjohn Pond to be 1.81E+10, 7.71E+10, and 1.38E+ 11 BTU's. Future discharge temperatures are predicted to be 53.2 by 1997. The temperature of the recharging pond water is a significant factor in the value of the hydraulic conductivity. The stratigraphy beneath the pond indicates the basal pond clay layer and the upper aquitard are separate lithologic units.
Hunsberger, William K., "Thermal Characterization of Ground and Surface Waters at the UpJohn Company's Portage Road Manufacturing Facility" (1997). Masters Theses. 4799.