A non-destructive method of measuring in situ the oil-water interface in a sunken oil barge is described. The method makes use of the different acoustic absorption properties of water and Bunker C oil to detect the oil-water interface and can be implemented using a standard 200 kHz echo sounder. An electrically driven, bottom-crawling, remotely controlled vehicle used to carry out field tests on a sunken oil barge is described, and samples of the sounder records obtained are presented. Results indicate the method is feasible for tanks of simple geometry that have distinct layers of liquids with sufficiently different acoustic absorption properties.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of Oceans (New York): Annual Combined Conference of IEEE Council on Oceanic Engineering and the Marine Technology Society, San Diego, 17-19 September 1979.
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    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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  • Authors:
    • McKeown, D L
    • George, K R
    • Young, S W
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  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 738-742

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  • Accession Number: 00311617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 79CH1478-7OEC Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM