AIR BARRIERS AS OIL-SPILL CONTAINMENT DEVICES

Based on experimental investigations it is concluded that air barriers will not completely retain oil in the presence of currents normal to the barrier as low as 0.75 ft/sec. The main body of the oil slick is retained, but oil drops are torn from the bottom of the slick by the turbulent surface current produced by the air barrier. These drops are entrained in the current and swept through the bubble plume below the water surface. Air barriers will retain essentially 100 percent of the oil when placed across the mouth of an enclosed body of still water if the oil density-water velocity combination produces a headwave type of flow.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Petroleum Engineers

    6200 North Central Expressway
    Dallas, TX  USA  75206
  • Authors:
    • Jones, W T
  • Publication Date: 1972-4

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  • Accession Number: 00041524
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 2 1973 12:00AM