The need for this study was based upon: a) the lack of definitive information available to responsible program managers to decide on the use of combustion as an option and b) the question-what, if any, research should be conducted to optimize the use of this tool for spill mitigation. The scope was designed to evaluate the use of combustion for: in situ in a stricken vessel; oil released upon water; and oil-contaminated debris disposal. The report consists of Part I, which is a practical guide oriented toward the needs of potential users, while Part II is the research or resource document from which the practical guidance was drawn. The study included theoretical evaluations of combustion of petroleum pool fires under the effect of weathering and an oil classification system related to combustion potential. The theoretical analysis of combustion is balanced by practical experience of oil burning and case history information. Decision elements are provided which can be used as a guide for technical evaluations of a particular oil spill situation. The rational for assessing technical feasibility is given in the context of other alternatives available for response to an oil spill. A series of research and technology development concepts are included for future research. The ethics of using oil burning are discussed as issues, concerns, and tradeoffs. A detailed annotated bibliography is appended along with a capsule review of a decade of oil burning studies and other support information.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Batelle Memorial Institute/Pacific Northwest Labs

    Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
    Richland, WA  United States  99352

    Department of Energy

    Environmental Control Technology Division
    Washington, DC  United States  20545

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Authors:
    • Thompson, C H
    • Dawson, G W
    • Goodier, J L
  • Publication Date: 1979-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311496
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PNL-2929 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: EY76-C-06-1830
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM