A NUMERICAL MODEL FOR SIMULATION OF OIL SPREADING AND TRANSPORT AND ITS APPLICATION FOR PREDICTING OIL SLICK MOVEMENT IN BAYS

A computer model for simulating oil spreading and transport has been developed. The model can be used as a useful tool in providing advance information and this may guide decisions for an effective response in control and clean-up once an accidental spill occurs. The spreading motion is simulated according to the physical properties of oil and its characteristics at the air-oil-water interfaces. The transport movement is handled by superimposing the spreading with a drift motion caused by winds and tidal currents. By condisering an oil slick as a summation of many elementary patches and applying the principle of superposition, the model is capable of predicting the oil size, shape, and movement as function of time after a spill originates. Field experiments using either cardboard markers or soybean oil to simulate a spill were conducted at the Long Beach Harbor. (Modified author abstract)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Groton, Conn.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Tetra Tech, Incorporated

    630 North Rosemead Boulevard
    Pasadena, CA  USA  91107
  • Authors:
    • Wang, S
    • Hwang, L S
  • Publication Date: 1974-2

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  • Pagination: 115 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00057763
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TT-P-345-74-1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-72-C-0366
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM